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Postby BSquared » Sat Feb 17, 2007 3:08 pm

Eh? What's this about the Carrizo Plain? Somebody enlighten me (or point me in the right place). I'd always thought being a UN heritage site was a good thing, am I just being naive? It certainly helped the Cradle Mountain area in Tasmania...



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Postby Robert » Sat Feb 17, 2007 5:26 pm

Just hand over our land to the United Nations without a single shot being fired!
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Postby mountaineer » Sat Feb 17, 2007 5:39 pm

BSquared wrote:Eh? What's this about the Carrizo Plain? Somebody enlighten me (or point me in the right place). I'd always thought being a UN heritage site was a good thing, am I just being naive? It certainly helped the Cradle Mountain area in Tasmania...


Getting the UN involved in anything relating to our land is giving up national sovereignty. Yellowstone was designated a World Heritage Site...In Danger in 1995. The U.S. would have to abide by UN recommendations to do whatever it took to supposedly remove Yellowstone from "In Danger" designation. Effectively removing our say over what happens to our lands. It is also well known that "World Heritage" designation actually creates greater wear and tear on the resources than the area sustained before designation.

And, they don't just want to control the actual park...they want to control the areas around the parks also. In the Carrizo Plain, the area is surrounded by several generations old ranching land...look at what the World Heritage charter says about "Buffer Zones":

According to Paragraph 44b of the Operational Guidelines for this program these buffer zones "Should include sufficient areas immediately adjacent to the area of outstanding universal value in order to protect the site...from direct human encroachment and impacts of resource use outside of the nominated area. The boundaries of the nominated site may coincide with one or more existing or proposed protected areas, such as national parks or biosphere reserves."

Let them get their foot in the door and we are screwed.
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Postby Robert » Sat Feb 17, 2007 8:26 pm

You realize of course, Yosemite is a UN World Heritage Site as well!
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Postby mountaineer » Sat Feb 17, 2007 8:29 pm

Yes, as is Sequoia.

We are definitely screwed.
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