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Bumper stickers around Grand Staircase Escalante
I am an activist environmentalist and it just about took
Story by Toni Thayer. Illustrations by John Bardwell.
Iset out to get a little information, enough to at least disprove the bumper sticker Dont Trust the Trust! Instead, I was led into a worldwide web of namesseparate, entangled, and branched. I thought they were environmentalists, but they werent. I was finally investigating the Grand Canyon Trusts Board of Directors.
My boyfriend, Steve Gessig, badmouthed the Trust during our first two years together, blaming them for his towns demise. He grumbled about the enviros connections to the World Bank and United Nations and plans to eliminate American sovereignty.
I, however, am the avid environmental activist and refused to believe his undocumented accusations. I had firsthand experience with the Trust in Flagstaff, Ariz. For years, I worked with their staff on joint projects and committees, attended their workshops, and met in their offices. They were my friends.
Living in Escalante, Utah, Steves perspective was different, encircled by the United States largest land theft, the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. The Trust spearheaded the designation in 1996 with a mission to protect and restore the Colorado Plateau canyon country. The Plateau is, basically, the Colorado River basinbeginning in northern Utah, encompassing all of southern Utah and northern Arizona, and extending into western Colorado and New Mexico. The Colorado River is the giver of life, both water and electricity, to the southwest and the downstream metropolitan regions of Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego.
The Trust made promises back then: Other existing uses of these public lands are not affected by the proclamation [of the monument], including hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and livestock grazing.
They lied. The 1.9 million acres have been shut down with access allowed in only a few areas. New federal workers moving into town freely come and go, beyond the restricted signs that keep locals from their families traditional sites. New resource production has ceased even though the area is rich in coal, oil, gas, uranium, and timber. The worlds cleanest-burning coal is located in only two spotsthe Monument and Indonesia. The Grand Staircase field is so vast it cant be accurately valued. It has tentatively been estimated at $1.3 trillion.
The Trust doesnt want any cattle grazing on the Plateau, an idea thats backed by federal government intimidation and harassment of the ranchers. The ranchers are feeling the pinch of the oppression, the drought, and their rising debt. Theyre selling out and ending centuries-old family cattle careers. Enviro groups are scooping up their grazing permits. Rich second homeowners and large cattle corporations are buying their lands.
A million tourists each year have replaced the resource-based economies and 5,000 cows. They fly by all of the beauty and zoom through the little towns, not spending much, mainly wanting water and sewer services. The 11,000 residents in two affected counties carry the burden of providing infrastructure and services for the increased load.
From tourist-haven Flagstaff, I know tourism does not pay livable wages and that it causes major disparity between the haves and have-nots. I couldnt understand why the Trust wanted tourism when enviros often cited studies showing its negative impacts and lost community revenues. It didnt make sense to take such a clean, pristine and remote area, and market it to a million tourists.
I also knew that all profits stem from resource production. It was hypocritical and outright wrong for Americans to consume most of the worlds resources and, at the same time, shut down our resource production. Then what? Go to other countries and rape and pillage their landscapes to fulfill our hungry resource needs?
Rural, southern-Utah towns are reeling from the never-ending limitations and changes put upon them by the citified environmental groups. They have few jobs, if any. Houses are put on the market as older generations descended from the Mormon settlers die and their offspring move to the cities for work.
In Flagstaff, no one knew much about the Trusts board, but everyone knew that current president,
Geoff Barnard, brought his extremely rich contacts when he came to town in 1995. Some said the board changed then, from members who truly cared about the Colorado Plateau to ones who brought their big assets to the table. It turned into a think tank with interests other than the environment. (See The Committee, p. 26.)
I decided to get the answers myself and I sat down at my internet browser and entered board name after board name looking for key words. Amazingly, there they were with each and every searchinternational, global, worldwide, United Nations, World Bank.
Only five of the 22 directors resided within their Colorado Plateau scope of interest. The remaining 17 were from all corners of the U.S.New York City, Fort Worth, Aspen, Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque.
Tons of information surfaced. Business and industrial achievements popped to the forefront, not environmental endeavors. There were major news and magazine articles, partnerships and deals, foundation and nonprofit boards, published books and papers, committees and meetings.
These were not your everyday leaders either. Their companies were the oldest, largest, and first in our nation. They were worldwide market leaders, global, the Wests leading authority, the Best in America, and nationally recognized experts and attorneys. The more I looked, the more I found.
Theres more, more, more... United Nations committees, World Bank conferences, international seminars, international inventions, economic development, zoning boards, intergovernmental panels, international ecotourism development, and Indian gaming.
I began noticing that some of the Trusts officers and directors also served on the national boards of other big enviro groupsThe Nature Conservancy (TNC), The Wilderness Society, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance,
World Wildlife Fund, Defenders of Wildlife. A few of them swapped positions amongst themselves and from group to group. My investigation into the national boards of the largest enviro groups confirmed investigative author Ron Arnolds findings of similar global, corporate interests and their foundation funding to many enviro groups.
TNC seemed to be a major player in the Trust with president Geoff Barnard working for them for 23 years, office sharing in Flagstaff, and numerous crossover board members and paid staff. Barnards wife represented TNC when they moved to Flagstaff. Rumor has it that Jim Babbitt found Barnard and brought him to the Trust.
Most environmentalists are against monster corporate entities, but here they were, sitting on the board of our most trusted environmental group. Little ol Flagstaff had some real heavy hitters in its midst. I knew this was no ordinary board with its highly influential members and well-thought-out structure. It was a secret hidden in plain sight. We just never thought to look.
A few weeks into my research, I learned that the Trust had rejected a proposal from EcoResults to restore riparian areas on the Plateau with cows and the cattle stomp. EcoResults <www.ecoresults.org>, as previously reported by this magazine, uses rural land stewardsranchers and farmers and a twist on holistic management to bring back barren land. Local ranchers have produced some of the healthiest riparian areas in the U.S. and have a multitude of endangered and threatened species moving onto their restored lands.
I thought this was the perfect solution to the grazing problem. President Barnard thought differently, saying they couldnt be expected to change their minds about cows overnight. This seemed logical enough on the surface, but the Trust had known about Dan Daggets restoration techniques for seven years since they funded the printing of his book, Beyond the Rangeland Conflict.
Okay, I admit it, I was wrong. I thought they were environmentalists, but they surely arent. I thought they were my buddies, but Ive been used and betrayed. Environmentalists need to realize who their partners are, and land-rights people should know that worker bee enviros are unaware of their leaders true characters.
My eyes have been opened, but Ive got to ask, Have yours? My research didnt stop at industrial wolves disguised as enviro sheep. It goes much, much deeper, way down to the bottom of the Rockefeller think tanks. This is only one small piece of a much larger pie.
Websters defines a legal conspiracy as an agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime or accomplish a legal purpose through illegal action.
Its been coming together for quite some time. Its right before our eyes. We need only look. American leaders have talked about it for decades, authors have exposed it, and the information is readily available. Implementation is accelerating, and we are feeling many of its effectsterrorized citizens stripped of their constitutional rights, economy tumbling out of control, seizure of public lands, killer droughts and forest fires, torrential rains, desperately hungry wildlife, distressed and dying forests.
The Trusts board members led me straight into the conspiracy. The Rockefeller think tanks have different names, but they all have the same board and membership structure. Each works towards the ultimate goal of One World Order, fulfilling their particular piece of the total pie. Its a pyramid effect, with the top groups planning strategies for their assigned geographical areas and setting timelines for completion. They implement the strategies through their numerous tentacles of lower subgroups that take action, track their progress and report back to the higher groups.
Membership is by invitation only. They supposedly want the highest level unofficial group possible, but actually have extensive U.S. government-appointed and elected officials. The U.S. Departments of State, Defense, Security and Treasury are well entrenched with multiple, high-ranking secretaries, ambassadors, trade reps, and chairmen. The remaining membership includes the worlds richest CEOs and financiers, union leaders, media, nongovernmental organizations and educational facilities. Harvard is the predominant university involved. Just like the Trust, the directors hop back and forth from group to group, and members are involved in many groups.
One of the first established was the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Its the think tank for U.S. strategies. Marxist Edward Mandell House founded the CFR in 1921, after eight years as President Woodrow Wilsons chief advisor. Houses dream was to socialize America from the inside out, by taking control of both political parties, using them to implement the socialist government, and by establishing a central state bank.
During Wilsons first year in office in 1913, the U.S. passed the Federal Reserve Act, establishing our central bank as the Federal Reserve Bank (FRB). This took control of money production and economy away from the U.S. Congress and gave it to an elite group of private bankers. William McDonough, FRB president, is a Council on Foreign Relations and Trilateral member.
The Trilateral Commission (TC) is a replica of the CFR in structure and membership interests, but has strategies for broader geographical areasthe Americas (U.S., Canada, Mexico), European Union, Pacific Asia. The Trilateral countries growing interdependence from the 1970s is today deepening into globalization with the need for shared thinking and leadership.
The Rockefeller Foundation and Carnegie Foundation provided the critical initial funding for the CFR. David Rockefeller is listed as the founder, honorary chair and lifetime trustee of both the CFR and Trilateral Commission. Former or current elected Trilateral members are Vice President Dick Cheney; U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein, John D. Rockefeller IV, Charles Robb and William Roth Jr.; U.S. Representatives Jim Leach, Charles Rangel and former Speaker of the House Thomas Foley.
For some interesting reading, check out one of their books, The Imperial Temptation: The New World Order and Americas Purpose (CFR) or 21st Century Strategies of the Trilateral Countries: in Concert or Conflict? (TC).
The worlds government is the United Nations. Just a few months ago, Switzerland finally joined, the last country to do so. The only other member country outstanding is the Catholic Church. After it joins, all sought-after, prospective members will have been enlisted.
Heres a few of their recent happenings: Chinas Accession to the World Trade Organization: The Red Work Begins; UN and Decolonization; International Conference on Financing for Development; Millennium Development Goals, New Agenda for the Development of Africa.
The worlds central bank is, of course, the World Bank with the International Monetary Fund (UN groups, both work together and are really the same entity). Developing countries borrow from traditional banks due to deficits. When they cant meet their repayment schedule, the WB/IMF steps in and pays off their debt. In turn, the country must change its government to a democratic state (countries in transition) and meet standards that are impossible to reach. As government and economy collapse, regional chaos ensues. The WB and UN step in to create peace and take collateral for the unpaid debt. One theory says our federal lands are held by the WB for U.S. debt, but as yet this remains undocumented.
Its time to wake up and to wake up all of those around you. Weve run out of time for complacency. Do you care about your kids and grandkids futures? Do you really approve of the plan lying on the table? Its time to stand up, exercise our rights and demand an America that works for Americans!
What happened to usthe land of the free and the brave? Free and brave are interlocked. You cant have one without the other. Its time to take it back. This whole scenario and Americans sleepiness reminds me of the Jews and Hitler. Do you remember what happened to the Jews who didnt act?
Toni Thayer is a researcher, writer, political activist and consultant. Her website <www.spirithelps.com> has information on public lands "and the state of the Earth."
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