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[RC] Non-Game Plans, Tennessee, and The Nature Conservancy - Ridecamp Guest

Please Reply to: Linda B. Merims dkfritz@xxxxxxx or ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Well--as near as I can make out--The Nature Conservancy
just purchased control of Tennessee state public lands
environmental policy for about, oh...$17,000,000.

Well, if Big Business can buy political influence with
cash, why shouldn't Big Green be able to do the same
thing?  Need some money to buy land for hunting?  Sure.
Here's millions. Now let us help you plan how to manage

It's good to be a "Partner."

"So," you're saying to yourself.  "What's that crazy lady
going on about now?"  Take a look at:


and look at the Draft plan at the top of the left

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission accepted the
plan as-is, with one change.  They added a preamble that
says more-or-less, "Nothing in this plan can ever be
used to restrict hunting or fishing."  I'd like to at least
be able to say that they voted on it.  They didn't.  It
wasn't considered necessary.  I'd like to say that they
read it and had questions, but they didn't read it.
They didn't read it 1) because they weren't given
copies of it and 2) because it was long and complicated
and with their preamble tacked onto it, they feel
they've insulated themselves against any negative
effects it might have.  Only Chairman Cox actually
read it (and reading it is what prompted him to
insist upon the preamble), and Commissioner Kimsey
from the Chattannooga area who chairs the Non-Game
subcommittee gave it a 3-hour scan.

As the plan itself lays out in detail, the Tennessee Public
Lands Civil Service Cabal consisting of the State Forestry
folks and the state Natural Areas and Natural Heritage folks,
and the folks at State Parks are all busy getting the
terms of this plan, and the "Species in Greatest Need
of Conservation," all 667 of them, accepted as land
management policy in their respective state agencies.

It's good to be "Listed."

And it's especially good to be "Listed" without having
to actually go through all that pesky rigamarole the
law says you have to go through in order to be "Listed."
After all, it's just public land management *policy*.
No laws.  Just policy.  Furnished by The Nature

I tried to get Farm Bureau interested, but they
weren't.  Maybe they figure they can head off anything
that might affect farmers at the legislative level.

So, who does that leave vulnerable to being pistol-
whipped by a Species in Greatest Need of Conservation?
(Yes, I did ask: which non-motorized recreational activities
threaten which species in each zone?  No information was
forthcoming.)  'Sides, the database is *dynamic*.
Capable of constant updating.  Capable of being
modified anytime a modification becomes...necessary.

And anyway, if there's no convenient Species in
Greatest Need of Conservation, there's always that
good old standby, "Invasive Species," which is
also written into the plan.

Why are we so helpless?

Linda B. Merims
Depressed in Red Public, Blue Civil Service Tennessee

P.S., By the way, *every* state had to submit some kind
of a "non-game species" protection plan like this by
October 1, 2005 in order to be eligible for federal
dollars that the F&W folks hope will become
available.  TN Senator Lamar Alexander has a bill
pending to fund implementation of these plans.
I wonder what the plan looks like in *your* state?


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