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From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: UNESCO Land Grab (1 of 2) (fwd)

>Just received from Rep. Helen Chenoweth (R-Ind) 202-225-6611
>Few Americans realize that over the last 25 years, increasingly large
>amounts of 
>Federal land have been designated for  international land use programs,
>UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Biosphere Reserves.
>In fact, here in our U.S. a total of 67 sites in the U.S. have been
>designated as
>UN Biosphere Reserves or World Heritage Sites, with virtually no
>oversight and no Congressional hearings. In addition, 68% of the land in our 
>National Park System is now a World Heritage Site, Biosphere Reserve or both.
>The Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site programs are under the
>of the UNESCO. It is very important to note that the U.S. actually pulled
>out of 
>UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization) in
>mid 1980's because of its gross financial management.
>World Heritage Areas are natural sites or cultural monuments recognized by
>under "The Convention Concerning Protection of the World Cultural and Natural
>Heritage."  This Convention was signed in 1972 and ratified by Senate in
>In designating or amending a "world heritage site," UNESCO only needs the
>of the Secretary of Interior, not the Congress.
>Biosphere Reserves are part of the U.S.Man & Biosphere Program which
operates in
>conjunction with a worldwide program under UNESCO. There is no formal
>agreement concerning Biosphere Reserves.  The U.S. program operates without
>tive direction and is not authorized by Congress. U.S. Biosphere Reserves now
>approximate an area the size of the State of Colorado.
>A "Biosphere Reserve" is a federally-zoned and coordinated region,
consisting of
>three areas or zones, that meet certain minimum requirements established
by the
>United Nations. The inner or most protected area, the "core zone" are usually
>federal lands.  Whereas the outer two zones contain non-Federal property.
>By allowing these international land use designations, the U.S. promises to
>protect designated Areas and regulate surrounding lands if necessary to
>the designated area.  Honoring these agreements forces the Federal
government to
>prohibit or limit some uses of private lands outside the international
>area unless our country wants to break a pledge to other nations.  The
>regulatory actions that result has the potential of causing a significant
>impact on the value of private property and on the local and regional economy
>surrounding these areas.
>Continued (see 2 of 2) 
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