This is in response to column entitled "Bush agenda is assault on Arizona Wilderness," by Donald Hoffman, executive director of Arizona Wilderness Coalition (http://www.azwild.org/) in the Nov. 24 edition of The Arizona Republic newspaper:
Let's cut through the warm, fuzzy "pro-wilderness" propaganda by Hoffman. He claims that 75 percent of Hispanics and 69 percent of non-Hispanics support more wilderness designation in the state as per a 2002 poll.
I wonder if Hoffman and his group revealed to the polled folks exactly what his organization's real agenda is re: "wilderness." Just visit the "resources page" of the web site of the AZ Wilderness Coalition (http://www.azwild.org/resources/links.php). You'll find they're associated with, linked to and supportive of many radical, anti-human "environmentalist" groups, among them the draconian Wilderness Project (TWP) - (http://www.wildlandsproject.org/).
The stated purpose of TWP is to "rewild" at least 50 percent of the American continent by relocating all humans into "human islands"-- urban ghettos.
Here are direct quotes from TWP mission statement and goals: "We live for the day when Grizzlies in Chihuahua have an unbroken connection to Grizzlies in Alaska; when Gray Wolf populations are continuous from New Mexico to Greenland; when vast unbroken forests and flowing plains again thrive and support pre-Columbian populations of plants and animals. Does all the foregoing mean that Wild Earth and The Wildlands Project advocate the end of industrial civilization? Most assuredly. Everything civilized must go ... Vast landscapes without roads, dams, motorized vehicles, powerlines, overflights, or other artifacts of civilization." -- John Davis, editor of Wild Earth, the publication of TWP.
"I suggest that at least half of the land area of the 48 conterminous states should be encompassed in core reserves and inner corridor zones (essentially extensions of core reserves) within the next few decades. The collective needs of non-human species must take precedence over the needs and desires of humans." -- Reed Noss, Ph.D. in wildlife ecology, "scientist", author, co-founder of TWP. (Core reserves are another name for wilderness. Noss has a long list of awards and professional appointments to boards and committees; has written hundreds of articles and books, and has worked as a naturalist/conservation biologist for 28 years for various universities, federal and state agencies, including the EPA, and environmental groups.)
"We advocate biodiversity for biodiversity's sake. It may take our extinction to set things straight. Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on earth, social and environmental." -- David Foreman, Earth First! and co-founder of TWP. (Foreman was, or still is, on the national executive board of the Sierra Club.)
I've been accused of being "anti-environmentalist" because I oppose the radical agenda of these extremists, and because, living in Payson and surrounded by an overgrown and catastrophic-fire-prone forest, I support selective forest-thinning and logging. What you can see by reading the anti-human creeds of TWP and AZ Wilderness Coalition is that their goal is to get me and everyone who lives in rural America relocated into urban concentration camps, and to try to "phase out the human race" entirely. Is this really the "wilderness" agenda favored by "70 percent of Americans" ? I doubt it, unless they're prepared to kill their children and commit suicide -- something I notice none of these hypocritical radical extremists has yet done to lead the charge in "phasing out the human race." I guess their goal is to stay alive in order to kill off and/or relocate all us "less-enlightened" mortals who oppose them.