THE TEA PARTYER
October 9, 2012
A LOCAL LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: “The Committee to Keep the lights ON in Bandon”is happy to announce the group was successful with the Referendum Petition on the Outdoor Lighting Ordinance. The group gathered 240 qualifying signatures of the 179 signatures needed to put the measure on the ballot, and now the voters can decide if the people of Bandon are in need of more restrictions on the property owner. The measure will be on the ballot in the March 12, 2013 election.
PUBLIC REMINDER: The US Fish & Wildlife Service recently released the Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Bandon Marsh Refuge. The Refuge Managers developed the plan as a way to create a new National Wildlife Refuge System. Simultaneously with the release of the CCP, The Service mailed out the National Refuge Planning Update #3 in September 2012, which was what most residents received.
In this current issue of the Update the original Bandon marsh expansion of 4500 acres is noticeably missing in Alternative C. That was one of three alternative plans for the marsh and the expansion was in that third choice.
On the last page of the update The Service has an email and a mailing address for public comment on this new alternative, which is DUE BY OCTOBER 22, 2012. However, The Service is asking the public to comment on what is in the new planning update without mentioning their plans in the CCP. This is deceptive on the part of The US Fish & Wildlife
The entire expansion of the Bandon marsh is on Page 20-22 of the first chapter of the CCP. The Services has
relabeled the planned expansion, but make no mistake, it is the same plan as the original Alternative C. Nothing has changed. The planned expansion is now in a Land Protection Planning (LPP) process. Under this plan, The Service will study options for expanding the approved refuge adjacent to and upstream from the existing boundary. The US Fish & Wildlife is determined to acquire every inch of the original planned expansion until they own most of the Coquille Valley.
The only way to respond to The Service is to continue to repeat the same three demands. Tell The Service “NO” to any expansion of the Bandon Marsh, not one inch, not one more acre. Tell them “NO” to any placement of a PROTECTIVE ZONE around the marsh and/or the adjoining area. And, tell The US Fish & Wildlife Service that they must return the current Bandon Marsh Refuge over to the county’s Board of Commissioners and then
the Service must leave the county.
Time is quickly running out to send in your comments:
Send Comments to:
Roy W. Lowe, Project Leader
Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex
2127 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, Oregon 97365
Phone: (541) 867-4550
Web site: www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/
GROUP IN NEED OF DONATIONS: The non-profit group “Coos County Today” is in desperate need of funding, so they can continue the challenging battle of stopping the Bandon Marsh Expansion. They have already tirelessly educated many in the public on the harms of turning productive farms and ranches into wetlands and the need for more agriculture. The organization has been traveling the county presenting the facts of the situation to governmental and nongovernmental functions---all in an effort to end this federal land grab.
The members of Coos County Today were responsible for getting the Advisory Question about the Bandon Marsh expansion on the November ballot and we will continue to be active afterwards. There are plans to elevate this fight to the state and federal level and that is where your help will be required.
It is getting very expensive to print material, rent rooms for public meetings, purchase government
information and the accruing legal fees. This January we plan to have several members of the group lobbing in the state legislature for more laws protecting private property rights. Your contributions will help continue the lifestyle of the Coquille Valley for current and future generations. Not only will it help Coos County, but it will help every county in Oregon that is facing the destruction of the private property market. Donations are tax deductible and can be sent to Coos County Today, PO Box 2108, Bandon, OR 97411.
Remember to Vote NO on Measure 6-145 and Vote NO to the Bandon Marsh Expansion
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