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Some warn of U.N. land-use plans

(Editors Note: This is the final installment in a three-part series about the property rights movement in Nevada County, the United States and the world.)

If you label NH 2020 part of a United Nations conspiracy, you could be called one of those “black helicopter” folks.

But read United Nations “Agenda 21: Promoting Sustainable Human Settlement Development,” and Nevada County’s Natural Heritage 2020 documents side-by-side and much of the language is similar.



Those in the ever-widening property rights movement see a connection between U.N. policies adopted and the local planning programs they oppose – like NH 2020 – as taking land out of private hands.

According to Henry Lamb, founder of Environmental Conservation Organization, a property rights group, “Hundreds of cities have some kind of program called ‘something or other 2010 or 2020.’ It’s an implementation of Agenda 21.”




According to Lamb, “before 1995 people could legitimately raise their eyebrows about a conspiracy, but since then, everything at the U.N. is out in the open. That’s where it came from.”

“Agenda 21 (is) a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System” in which “State Parties” – the U.S. is one – “recognizes … the duty of ensuring the identification, protection, conservation, presentation and transmission to future generations of the cultural and natural heritage,” U.N. Web sites explain.

“Natural Heritage?” Yes – the U.N.’s “Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage” defines NH in part as “precisely delineated areas which constitute the habitat of threatened species of animals and plants of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation.”

The process is the same and the result is the same, Lamb said. The goals are identified before the first NH meetings are held, he said.

“They select people to attend these meetings and let them choose from some predetermined outcomes,” Lamb said. “Then they say ‘this is what the public wanted.’ And elected officials say ‘OK.’ But it’s quite predetermined.”

The goal, Lamb said, is public control of land use, and land is better kept by private stewards than public ones, he said.

Alan Scholl, campaign services director and speakers bureau director for the John Birch Society in Appleton, Wis., agreed.

“It’s really land confiscation,” Scholl said. “You may have your name on a piece of paper but under U.N. mandates implemented by federal, state and local government, we’re losing the control and use of our property.”

U.N. programs have produced a map “that looks like a spider’s web over the U.S.” of land they would like to see connected to create “biosphere connectivity,” Scholl said.

“About 95 percent of that land they have in mind is privately owned land,” he said.

“It becomes what? federally owned? internationally owned? set asides? That’s the ultimate goal,” Scholl said. “The piecemeal effect we’re seeing with wetlands, for instance, is that we no longer can use property as we see fit.”

The connection between the international organization and local planning can be called “the pursestring effect,” Scholl said.

Federal mandates or programs, such as EPA directives or greenbelt programs, come with money attached, and “non-performance means money’s removed,” Scholl said.

J. Zane Walley, a writer for the Paragon Foundation, a property rights organization based in New Mexico said, “all our environmental law is driven by international treaties. We try to educate people very gently about what’s going on,” Walley said.

However, not everyone’s so gentle, causing people to “dismiss the message as well as messenger,” Scholl said.

Nick Jesson, who campaigned for governor in California and who also believes that “Agenda 21 will cost us our freedom,” could be an example of what Scholl means.

“The freedom that we once enjoyed less than 30 years ago will long but be forgotten. Our children will be left with a country of slaves; them,” Jesson wrote in an e-mail.

“Our Constitution is NO longer being upheld therefore we not only have more United Nation troops in American than our own troops, now we have treason!!

“I sincerely believe in less than two years we will be controlled by the 12 families that own the Federal Reserve. They will have won the war for ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT. May God be with us, sincerely, Nick Jesson.”


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