Federal Agency Calls Time-out in Its Game to Increase Federal Lands
in Alabama."I wholeheartedly oppose the expansion and
think this proposal should be dropped altogether." "I hope the
six-month re-evaluation will show Fish and Wildlife Service the error of
their ways and they will completely abandon this proposal."
Senator Richard Shelby as quoted in The Birmingham News,
10/26/10. Perhaps USF&WS believes landowners will lose interest in 6
months and their plan to expand federal control of land in central
Alabama will move forward without incident. ??
Alabama Under No Burn Order. "Burning anywhere in the state
while a no-burn order is in effect without first obtaining a burn permit
from the Forestry Commission can bring up to a $1,000 fine and up to six
months in jail." Source: Shelby County Reporter, 10/19/10.
(11/5/10) "Fire Alert Lifted for all 67 Alabama Counties" Source:
Alabama Forestry Commission press release
I unequivocally oppose this attempt at a giant federal land grab by
the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), said Shelby. If FWS continues to
push this egregious and unjustified expansion, I will do all in my power
to ensure its failure. We are already making great efforts to protect
the Cahaba River watershed, as we should be, but this proposal is simply
a bridge too far lacking any legitimate justification whatsoever. Pure
and simple, this is an overreach by the federal government that I will
Richard Shelby, United States Senator of Alabama website Newsroom.
About 200 landowners applauded Shelby's statement when it was read at
the organizational meeting of the Cahaba Landowners Association in
Brent, Alabama on Thursday, September 30. We wonder if Senator Jeff Sessions and Representative Spencer Bachus
have plans to make similar unambiguous statements?
Comments on Federal Land Acquisition in Central Alabama -- Sept. 2,
2010, Brent, Alabama
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