Why Sheriff Glenn Palmer and Grant County, Oregon were referred to as a United Nations Free Zone
In the LaVoy Finicum investigation report that was released by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s department recently, one Oregon State Police officer states that it’s known that Sheriff Palmer wants to keep his county UN free. Well the funny thing is that Grant County, Oregon actually did pass a UN free resolution back in 2002.
Grant County, Oregon’s Sheriff Palmer Has Enemies In High Places
Sheriff Glenn Palmer, of Grant County, Oregon (the only county in the United States that, interestingly, has declared itself a UN free zone by vote) appears to be in the cross hairs for some of his actions during the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife refuge in neighboring Harney County. Sheriff Palmer met with some of the people involved at the refuge and also voiced support for releasing Dwight and Steven Hammond (more on their story here and here.) and for sending the FBI packing from Harney County. Those are two opinions I suspect the majority of Harney County residents would agree with, but the federal government certainly does not.
Eastern Oregon county bans U.N., frees trees for taking, notwithstanding applicable federal laws – Rebels With a Vote Vent Anger With Government
By JOHN ENDERS
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published in the Herald-Republic on Saturday, June 1, 2002
JOHN DAY, Ore. — Removed from the hassle of urban life, residents of this eastern Oregon ranch and timber region are a self-reliant lot. Hard winters and a depressed economy have forged hardscrabble attitudes toward outsiders and “the government.”
Grant County voters have raised eyebrows by passing two ballot measures on May 21, Oregon’s primary day.
One bans the United Nations in Grant County; the other would let local residents cut trees on federal land, whether or not the U.S. Forest Service says it’s legal or environmentally acceptable.
The two measures — passed by about 2-to-1 margins — arise from anger and frustration felt by many residents who sense they no longer control their lives, their livelihoods or the land.
Sworn Officers Chose the United Nations Over the US Constitution, then Murdered LeVoy Finicum
Some of the officers involved in the LaVoy Finicum murder were called into the offices of the Oregon State Police on 31 Jan, 2016 for interviews. I will include the link to the entire document below, but for purposes of this article I am going to include a brief excerpt to illustrate the outright treason spoken by “Officer 1.” Officer 1 was asked if he had any information as to what kind of support, or how many supporters, that Ammon Bundy and friends had in the neighboring city of John Day. The quote below is how he answered (seen on page 111 of the accompanying document):
“I KNEW GOING INTO IT THAT THERE WAS A SHERIFF IN GRANT COUNTY THAT WAS SUPPORTING THE MOVEMENT, OR THE IDEOLOGY BEHIND WHAT THEY WERE PUSHING. I KNEW THAT THERE WAS A LARGE AMOUNT OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN GRANT COUNTY THAT SUPPORTED THEIR BELIEFS, AND THAT HAD SIMILAR CONSTITUTIONAL BELIEFS, AND TO THE POINT OF THE GRANT COUNTY MAKING IT CLEAR THEY ARE A UN FREE ZONE, AND SO THAT KNOWLEDGE WAS KNOWN TO ALL OF US.”
DOJ Launches Investigation Into Grant County Sheriff
When Oregon State Police stopped Robert “LaVoy” Finicum along a remote stretch of Highway 395, the militant was desperate to reach one man.
“I’m going over to meet with the sheriff in Grant County,” Finicum yelled to troopers during the Jan. 26 fatal traffic stop, moments before his death. “You can come along with us, and talk with us over there.”
Finicum had reason to try and reach Sheriff Glenn Palmer. Over his four terms in office, Palmer has been outspoken about what he sees as government overreach.
Grant County sheriff demands coordination with Forest Service
Unhappy with the U.S. Forest Service after a summer of devastating wildfires, Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer has made his own natural resources plan to influence the management of public lands.
Palmer deputized 11 county residents to write and adopt the local plan, though it remains unclear whether they have legal standing to coordinate with the feds.
The move caught county commissioners off guard at a Sept. 30 meeting, where Palmer declined to put his plan on the agenda and instead brought it up during public comment. He said he is invoking coordination through the sheriff’s office, and asked for the commissioners’ support.
“I ask for things from the Forest Service to do my job, and I get the door shut in my face,” Palmer said at the meeting. “I’m having a heck of a time getting out to do my job.”
So it seems there is more to this as usual…
In 2009, this was passed:
SEC. 4003. COLLABORATIVE FOREST LANDSCAPE
(a) In General- The Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of the
Interior, shall establish a Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration
Program to select and fund ecological restoration treatments for
priority forest landscapes in accordance with–
In 2011, a group in Grant and Harney County then formed the Southern Blues Restoration Coalition to get some of the dollars from the Federal government under the CFLRP.
Well, 2011 was when Sheriff Palmer had some problems with the United States Forest Service and ended up having to fire his undersheriff, Todd McKinley (who by the way is now running for sheriff against Palmer).
So since then this Southern Blues Coalition has been working to get money from the government and they formed something called the Blue Mountain Forest Partners: http://www.fs.fed.us/restoration/documents/cflrp/titleIV.pdf
Meanwhile, in 2015, Sheriff Palmer deputizes a group of people and they write the Grant County Public Lands Natural Resources Plan.
Hmm…I wonder why Les Zaitz has so many posts about Sheriff Palmer on his facebook page? I wonder why Boyd Britton asked the question about maybe arresting LaVoy Finicum and Ammon Bundy on their way to Grant County? I wonder why certain people in Grant County are so eager to have Sheriff Palmer investigated?
Look where I just found mention of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program:
National Report to the Tenth Session of the
United Nations Forum on Forests
Nationally, the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule was recently revised through an extensive process of public comment and revision, involving thousands of reviewers across the country and stakeholder workshops. It represents the most collaborative rule-making effort in the agency’s history. Implementation will be guided by an advisory committee of NGOs, industry, recreation interests, tribal representatives, academia, state and local governments, user groups, and other public interests. A
Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program Advisory Committee also evaluates requests for proposals and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture http://www.fs.fed.us/restoration/CFLRP/2012selections.shtml As a requirement of the US National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), all local federal projects have public participation. Since 2008, states have completed State Forest Action Plans, which by law include stakeholder engagement.
Delegates at the Congress emphasized that forests are critical to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in a message to the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, which will meet later this month in New York to adopt the 2030 development agenda.
The Sustainable Development Goals will create a new roadmap for global development over the next 15 years.
The overarching goal is to eradicate extreme poverty and promote equitable economic growth.
The goals put sustainability, including protection of Earth’s natural resources and action on climate change, at their core. The new goals will be formally agreed during a summit with world leaders at the UN on September 25, 2015.
While Sustainable Development Goal 15 addresses the need to sustainably manage forests, trees and forests are also a key to achieving several of the other 16 goals, the message says, including those related to ending poverty, achieving food security, promoting sustainable agriculture and ensuring sustainable energy for all.
What is Accelerated Restoration About?
1) What is Ecological Restoration?
Ecological restoration is the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed. (Excerpted from FSM 2020.5, the 2012 Planning Rule, and Society for Ecological Restoration.)
2) What is the Eastside Restoration Strategy?
The eastside restoration strategy is a Regional commitment to focus on the urgent need to restore dry forest landscapes in eastern Oregon and Washington. All forests are working to accelerate restoration on their landscapes, and the region has committed additional resources that are working in the forests of the Blue Mountains.
3) Eastside Restoration is:
An effort to prioritize, select, and initiate large landscape planning projects in a different way
A value-added process that will enable cross-pollination of landscape-scale lessons-learned from collaborative groups throughout the Blue Mountains and eastside of Oregon and Washington.
Based on building resiliency back into our ecosystems, communities, and economies
Is best science-based
Engaging local Forest/District/Community participation, institutional knowledge, and experience of the selected project area
4) Isn’t Accelerated Restoration just a new name for the same forest management practices? What is different about this effort?
This is not forest management as usual. We are intentionally trying to try some different ways of doing business, in an intelligent fashion, to accelerate the amount of forest restoration in the Blue Mountains.
Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Strategy
The strategy is made up of two parts, one being the Malheur National Forest Strategic Plan, which has identified specific priorities on the Forest. The second portion of input comes from two established forest collaborative groups, the Blue Mountains Forest Partners and the Harney County Restoration Collaborative, who created the “Bigger Look,” which identified several important treatment priorities within the Malheur National Forest.
The priorities included timber stand densities, key wildlife habitats, old growth, adjacent private land, and economics.
1st is the revelation of Oregon State Police Officers involved in the planning of the highway ambush that the road block was moved from Grant County, as originally planned by the FBI, to occur within Harney County specifically to insure Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer was not involved in the traffic stop. This was done according to the deposition of an Oregon State Police Officer because “I knew going into it there was a Sheriff in Grant County supporting the movement or the ideology behind what they were pushing…was a large amount of community members in Grant County, that supported their beliefs and had similar Constitutional beliefs, and to the point of the Grant County making it clear they are a U.N. Free Zone…” When asked if this is the reason the traffic stop was moved to Harney County that officer replied, “Absolutely”. The FBI originally intended to conduct the operation in Grant county as they believed, with Sheriff Palmer’s relationship with the Malhuer Activists and their trust of him, that the probability of a peaceful resolution was greater in Grant County than Harney County. This decision was overridden by Oregon State Police and the FBI Tactical specifically to reverse that probability. A reasonable person could easily conclude from that fact, that Oregon State Police and the FBI Tactical Team wanted to create the opportunity for violent confrontation.
Unique Collaboration Wins $2.5 Million in Federal Funds To Restore Oregon’s Malheur Forest (press release)
The Forest Service announced yesterday that a forest restoration project, developed by WELC attorney Susan Jane Brown in collaboration with a diverse group of conservationists, ranchers, timber companies, county governments and others, on the Malheur National Forest will receive $2.5 million through the Collaborative Forest Restoration Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP). The “Southern Blues Restoration Coalition” project will result in 154 new jobs, restore almost 272,000 acres of wildlife habitat, and produce significant economic benefits in Grant and Harney Counties.
The Project is the brainchild of the Blue Mountains Forest Partners (BMFP) and the Harney County Restoration Collaborative (HCRC). BMFP convened in 2006 and operates on the north end of the Malheur National Forest in Grant County. HCRC convened in 2008 and operates on the south end of the Forest in Harney County and southern Grant County. Both collaboratives are comprised of diverse individuals including county residents, conservationists, forest contractors, timber company representatives, ranchers, city and county representatives, as well as significant participation from the United States Forest Service. These two collaboratives have been working together since 2008, and have recently termed their joint collaboration the “Southern Blues Restoration Coalition.”
We are thrilled to be getting back to normalcy and we know our partners are too. As we announced earlier, we received $1.6 million from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board to fund our work in and around Malhuer National Wildlife Refuge to manage carp populations and restore wetlands.
Now we are pleased to announce that our Regional Conservation Partnership Program proposal was funded as well! Both the High Desert Partnership and Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative will be receiving funding to protect wetlands habitat. At-risk species habitat, water quantity, and drought resource concerns will be addressed by strategically utilizing Farm Bill programs and partner contributions to enhance wet meadow habitats and improve the resiliency of working ranchlands to drought.
This was posted on January 27th, one day after LaVoy’s death:
Exciting News! The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) voted today to allocate more than $1.6 million to support the Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative (HBWI)! This funding set-aside represents the down payment on a proposed 6 year, $6 million commitment to HBWI. The funding will be used to control carp that have destroyed the historic marshes in Malheur Lake and work with ranchers to maintain and improve flood irrigation on private lands that provide habitat for millions of migrating birds and forage for livestock grazing.
We want to thank all of our partners for their time and energy spent in making this happen! Although stakeholders do not always agree on every issue, they have worked hard to listen, learn from one another, and to find very significant opportunities to move forward together. This is the spirit that we hope will continue to guide efforts in Harney County moving forward.
Another alarming detailed jumped out of the report: One police officer said they changed the kill stop (also called a deadman’s blockade), never used on civilians, from Grant County to Harney because Grant was a “UN-free Zone.” WE will be reporting more on what exactly that officer meant in our next update.
About the Harney County Restoration Collaborative
In 2008, in response to the need to increase the pace and scale of restoration for the dry side forests of Eastern Oregon, a new collaborative group was formed for issues on the Southern Malheur National Forest. As a result, the Harney County Restoration Collaborative was convened by the High Desert Partnership, Harney County Judge Steve Grasty, and The Nature Conservancy. The Harney Country Restoration Collaborative, commonly called the HCRC, has a mission to restore forest land. In the spring of 2008 Governor Kulongoski designated the HCRC an Oregon Solutions project because it had multiple benefits to communities in the southern region of the Malheur National Forest. A Declaration of Cooperation was signed by the diverse stakeholders in 2009 and Common Ground Principles were written and agreed upon in September of 2009. HCRC has gained widespread local support both fiscally and through meeting attendance since 2008
This is a little sidetracked…but I found it while researching this topic. Not sure how I missed it before. Maybe some of you already saw it:
Malheur occupation could set conservation efforts back years
Even Malheur Lake, where carp run so thick that their backs create wind-like ripples across the glassy surface, is not beyond hope. A few years back, Beck and other biologists proposed an elegant solution: opening up the lake to commercial fishermen. Hired netters would haul out the carp, which have little market value as human food, and turn them over to Silver Sage Fisheries, a subsidiary separate sister company of Tualatin-based Pacific Foods. The fish would be trucked to Burns, processed into fertilizer, and spread across fields owned by Chuck Eggert, Pacific Foods’ founder. The dead fish would nourish organic hayfields, feed for dairy cows.
“From our perspective, it’s a win-win,” Tim Greseth, executive director of the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit that helped broker the deal, told me. “We’re restoring the ecology of the lake, putting people to work, and benefiting private enterprise.”
Though commercial fishing was supposed to begin in 2015, it was thwarted by drought and low water levels. This year, precipitation has created decent conditions for fishing — assuming the occupiers clear out. A spokesperson from Pacific Foods said the fishing project isn’t scheduled to begin until April. According to Greseth, if the standoff drags on much past then, the contract could conceivably be canceled.
The title claims that conservation could be set back for years, but sounds to me like they were worried about the contract being cancelled. This also goes along with that million dollar grant that was funded the day after LaVoy was killed.
Malheur National Forest – Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Strategy
The new USDA vision for the Forest Service has articulated clear direction for aligning leadership and resources around a common goal of restoration across all landscapes and all ownerships. The administration specifies five emphasis areas as: restoring and sustaining forest
landscapes, protecting and enhancing water resources and watershed health; making landscapes more resilient to climate change, responsible budgeting for wildfire, and creating jobs and sustaining communities.
In 2009 and 2010, The Nature Conservancy, Blue Mountains Forest Partners, Harney County Restoration Collaborative, and MNF convened a collaborative process called “The Big Look.”
Blue Mountains Forest Partners (BMFP)
Contact Name and Info
Mike Billman, Co-chair, Malheur Lumber Company
Tim Lillebo, Co-chair, Oregon Wild
Focal Geography and Acreage
1.4 million acres of the Malheur National Forest within Grant and Harney Counties
Malheur (in Grant and Harney Counties)
Grant and Harney
No administrative host
___ 501 (c) 3 status (seeking 501 (c) 3 status, November 2012)
_X_ External Fiscal Agent (fiscal sponsor is Grant County Resource Enhancement Action Team)
Funding and Capacity Building Resources for Collaborative Support
 Title III/Counties
 Dry Forest Investment Zone Initiative (Sustainable Northwest)
 NFF Community Capacity and Land Stewardship Program
o 2012: Blue Mountain Forest Partners, Collaborative Forest Conservation on the Malheur National Forest
 Private foundation support
OFCSI Feb 2013 Draft 22
Organizations/Partners in Regular Attendance
 Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project
 Boise Cascade Corporation
 Defenders of Wildlife
 DR Johnson
 Grant County Court
 Malheur Lumber
 Oregon Wild
 Oregon Department of Forestry
 Sustainable Northwest
 The Nature Conservancy
 USFS Malheur National Forest
 Western Environmental Law Center
Additional participants include contract loggers, Grant County Judge Mark Webb, fuel reduction contractors,
independent community members, and ranch/private landowners.
BMFP meets bi-monthly. Everybody who has signed the Declaration of Commitment is eligible to participate in
decision-making processes. Meetings are open and anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Also BMFP has an
elected Operations Committee – composed of 6 core members: 2 of each – industry, environmental, independent.
Operations Committee’s duties are not formalized and additional members that the Operations Committee brings on as needed (i.e., Patrick Shannon of Sustainable Northwest).
Palmer’s actions triggered the complaints in February to the state police licensing agency. The state Justice Department is still considering whether to lead the investigation or leave it in the hands of the agency’s regulators.
That potential investigation caught Bundy’s attention. He remains at the Multnomah County jail, charged with felonies for his participation in the Oregon standoff and one in Nevada in 2014 involving his father, rancher Cliven Bundy.
Ammon Bundy said the “appalling action” by state officials investigating Palmer “have me up in the middle of the night” responding.
“Sheriff Palmer was the only sheriff in Oregon that I know of that did not allow himself to get caught up in the political deception that the people of Burns were in danger while we were at the refuge,” Bundy said. “Sheriff Palmer went to the source and found the truth.”
He said agencies don’t control Palmer.
“Law enforcement power in Grant County belongs to the people of Grant County,” Bundy said. “Those people gave it to Sheriff Palmer and they are the only people who can take it away.”
In Oregon, no one can serve as sheriff unless they are certified after meeting state-mandated training requirements. The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training can revoke any police officer’s certification, but the law isn’t clear on what effect a revocation would have on a sitting sheriff.
Palmer is seeking election to his fourth term. He is being challenged by his former undersheriff, Todd McKinley, now director of Grant County Community Corrections.
Biomass Energy in Grant County:
According to Mark Webb, a County Judge who has been involved in BMFP, the initial goals of the collaboration were to reduce the risk of unnatural fires and to help support the local community. However, these initial goals evolved over time, with the emphasis now on fostering
longer-term environmental resilience and community development. According to Mike Billman, Timber Manager at Malheur Lumber and a co-chair of BMFP, the overarching goal of the collaboration is focused on forest restoration. “Of course, some people feel that the main goal of the collaboration is more economic than environmental,” Billman points out, “but the reality is that everything has to be driven by the ecological benefits because this is what keeps the environmental groups at the table.” As Webb elaborated, “It increasingly became a desire not just to reduce fire danger and [improve] economic drivers, but to reintroduce or restore complex forest structures that are important for wildlife species, listed species, and species of concern as well as to reorient how commercial harvest looks at things.”
According to the 2011 “Southern Blues Restoration Coalition” report, biomass removal on the Malheur National Forest has been more feasible when both biomass and saw logs are removed at the same time. They have found that restoration treatments are economically viable when the saw log/biomass volume ratio is maintained at about 50/50. According to the same report, the Malheur National Forest has a fifty million dollar, five year “Collaborative Restoration Stewardship” contract that makes it more economically feasible to combine the removal of biomass and low value material: “The value of the products will return nearly 75% of the cost of the restoration thinning back to the Malheur National Forest, which will be used to accomplish additional restoration work that otherwise may not occur.”
More and more interesting:
In May of 2008 Preston and AC3,Inc. aided King Williams and Gazelle Land and Timber LLC in a scheme to fraudulently inflate the land values of real property sold to The Nature Conservancy and which was intended for use in a federal land exchange with USFS.Preston and AC3., Inc. did so by providing title services for six transactions between Old West Federal Credit Union and an entity
known as A Bar L Ranch, which such entity was actually controlled by Bryan Williams and Zachary Williams. Preston and AC3,Inc. had an obligation to file a suspicious activity report regarding those transactions
due to the inherently irregular and suspicious nature and failed to do so. In addition, Preston aided, abetted the completion of the six transactions which clearly constituted ‘sham’ transactions solely for the purpose of
providing false comparable sales for use in an inflated real estate appraisal.
[The prepared statement of Mr. Williams follows:]
Prepared Statement of King Williams, Member, Gazelle Land & Timber, LLC
Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to testify on SB 2895, The Oregon Eastside Restoration Old Growth Protection and Jobs Act of 2009. My name is King Williams and I am here today as a member of Gazelle Land & Timber LLC, an Oregon
limited liability company. Gazelle Land & Timber LLC owns and manages timberlands in Oregon and northern California.
I am also the President of the Grant County Resource Enhancement Action Team commonly known as G.R.E.A.T., Corp. This is the economic development organization in Grant County, Oregon. Although G.R.E.A.T., Corp has not taken a formal position on SB 2895, as a member of the
board of directors for the past 13 years my perspective is consistent with the vision and mission of G.R.E.A.T., Corp’s Board of Directors.