Property rights and restricted land use for generations to come have caused concern for some Colorado residents. The land conservation easement tabled for the moment in the Palisades area and Mesa County, have renewed fears that Agenda 21 mandates are continuing to emerge in America.
Colorado county commissioner Scott McInnis is leading the effort to halt rubber stamp approval of all conservation easements which could have a massive impact on the rights of property owners decades into the future. McInnis is a recently elected county commissioner and former congressman. The Colorado conservation easement involves a 22-acre property which is largely comprised of peach and apricot trees.
If the land use agreement is ultimately passed, anyone who purchases the land in the future will be forced to adhere to stringent usage guidelines.While the current issue on the table is for just a modest amount of acreage by rural standards, McInnis and those oppose to the deal fear that similar past and future approvals could create an Agenda 21 atmosphere and have a negative impact on the local economy and overall property rights.
Agenda 21 is a voluntary, non-binding UN action plan which is allegedly focused solely on sustainable development. Adopted by 178 countries in 1992, the plan is based upon a program to abolish poverty and protect “fragile environments” by “properly” managing cities. Some charge the program wants to push all citizens into cities. America is a “signatory” country to Agenda 21. Because the United Nations Agenda 21 plan is a non-binding statement and not a treaty, a vote on the matter was deemed unnecessary. In the United States, more than 500 cities are members of an international sustainability organization that reportedly supports the implementation of the United Nations biodiversity program.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) report entitled, “Agenda 21: The U.N., Sustainability and Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory” contends that support and action on the initiative has slowed down across the country because grassroots activists have embarked on a campaign to thwart Agenda 21 nationwide. Agenda 21 legislation has been proposed, passed, and failed in multiple states across the country in the past six months.
An excerpt from the SPLC Agenda 21 report states more information:
“At least three states — Arizona, Missouri and Oklahoma — have considered laws, each of which passed one chamber of their legislatures, to halt the purportedly noxious effects of Agenda 21; Alabama went all the way, passing a 2012 law that was signed by Gov. Robert Bentley,” the report states. “Major political battles have broken out over it in Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Montana, Ohio and Texas. Even the Republican National Committee, in January 2012, denounced Agenda 21 as a destructive and insidious scheme to impose a socialist/communist redistribution of wealth.”
The vast majority of the bills broadly expressed a desire to prevent the United Nations biodiversity plan from infringing upon either states’ rights or property rights. A Texas Agenda 21 law currently up for debate follows in the footsteps of similar proposals currently being reviewed in a host of states around the United States.Republican Texas State Representative Molly White presented the anti-Agenda 21 legislation last week. Republican State Senator Bob Hall filed the Texas Agenda 21 legislation as SB 445 in his chamber. Those who opposed the United Nations plan routinely note property rights and states rights concerns when pushing for protections against local implementation of the biodiversity and sustainability plan.
Agenda 21 bills are also currently pending or have been passed in Tennessee, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Missouri, and Iowa. A resolution intended to outlaw the United Nations Agenda 21 biodiversity and sustainability plan in Montana was recently voted down
Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts Executive Director Amanda Barker told the media that has begun to hear similar Agenda 21 concerns voices in Colorado’s Western Slope region. The oil and gas rich area includes Weld County. “There are more individuals wary of land trusts,” Barker said. The Colorado conservation easement reportedly permits the landowners to restrict the development on the parcels of land covered by the deed and to allow the “donation of property rights” in return for monetary gain or tax credits.Commissioner McInnis turned down a request for the county to lend its support to a land-trust funding easement application.
The easement reportedly would have been the just latest action in a conservation effort that has placed usage limitations on approximately 760 other acres Mesa County. The Grand Junction, Colorado region which, includes Mesa County, is widely regarded as a prime peach grove and wine country area. The Mesa County Commissioner reportedly prefers the term “dynamic easement,” which means that a conservation easement can be altered and will not be totally completely binding on future generations. “I just want to make sure we look very carefully at these. This rubber-stamp syndrome – that’s not my nature, McInnis added.
While commissioner McInnis said he is aware of the Agenda 21 issue, he also stated that conservation easements have been approved with “little, if any,” county review for a significant amount of time and he feels that situation needs to change. The Mesa County commissioner also said that conservation easements could “encumber land in perpetuity” and cause obstacles for future generations.McInnis also stated that he feels 30 years of “protected status” is a more reasonable idea when dealing with conservation easements requests than the proposed “perpetual deed restrictions.” Colorado land trust leaders and Mesa County officials are scheduled to sit meet in May for what Scott McInnis referred to as “symposium” to discuss conservation easements and how they will be handled in the county going forward.
The Agenda 21 or “regionalists movement” pertain to a global biodiversity focus that has been described as “anti-suburb” and therefore decidedly anti-rural as well. Although the possible Agenda 21 Colorado issue seeks to protect growing rights, it would establish strict conservation restrictions on land which is only currently in private hands.
If the extremely detailed map of America created by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity ever becomes a reality, gone will be the days when we can grow out own food. All of the prime rural agricultural land will be in the hands of factory farms and the government. The farm to table way of life would be over for good and all of us would surely be subjected to consuming GMO food grown by government or commercial factory farm workers. The safety and robustness of the food supply would be controlled not by local farmers, backyard organic growers, or your own two hands. Such a scenario would make your family entirely reliant upon the government’s ability to ship food to your area when disaster strikes.
Are you concerned about how Agenda 21 could hamper the food supply and reduce property rights?