Olympic Mountains, photo by Sue Forde

Welcome to CAPR 13!

Citizens Alliance of Property Rights (CAPR), Clallam County Chapter 13- Clallam County, Washington

“The right of property is the guardian of every other right, and to deprive a people of this is, in fact, to deprive them of their liberty.” -Arthur Lee, Virginia, 1775

Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights was organized in 2003 as a non-partisan political action committee where individual citizens and existing organizations can work together protecting property rights. We support equitable and scientifically sound land use regulations that do not force private landowners to pay disproportionately for public benefits enjoyed by all.

After observing environmental conditions around the world, we conclude that private owners are far better stewards of this earth than government planners. Landowners who own and control their own land take much better care of it, regardless of whether they live in an urban, suburban, or rural setting.

We want to be part of our children’s and grandchildren’s lives. They should not have to move elsewhere in order to be able to afford a home of their own.

We protect everyone’s property rights by:

  • Presenting a single coordinated voice dedicated to preserving and protecting individual property rights.
  • Electing legislators pledged to protect, not destroy, property rights and electing judges pledged to uphold our constitutionally guaranteed right to own and control property.
  • Promoting legislation to preserve and protect property rights while opposing excessively burdensome legislation and regulation.
  • Reducing the regulatory cost of property ownership.

All politics is local. We invite you to join us as we work to make a difference in a positive way.

Our next meeting will be held on April 12, 2016 at Joshua’s Restaurant in Port Angeles, starting at 6:30 p.m.  (Come earlier if you wish to have dinner.)  Guest speaker will be CAPR Executive Director Glen Morgan.  Please let us know if you are coming so we can plan – email us at meeting@clallamcapr.org.

Meeting featured Executive Director Glen Morgan

Glen Morgan speaks at CAPR meeting

Glen Morgan was the featured speaker at our April 12, 2016 meeting.  Glen is the Executive Director for Washington State CAPR.  He shared information about how the state organization can help in county issues, and covered various issues that have been and are currently being addressed in other counties, as well as the state.

Glen talked about the Fox Case in Skagit County, and said the move is toward getting rid of private wells altogether.  Several counties are fighting various areas of this issue, including Clallam, Kittatas, Whatcom and Skagit.  In Thurston County, there is a “pocket gopher tax” which amounts to $42,000 per home.

The Marbled Murrelet is another example of species being reviewed for being “endangered”, which will adversely affect private property as well as government-owned timberland.  At the national level (which will trickle down), the term “conservation biology science” is being used instead of “Best Available Science”.  A species doesn’t have to exist in order to be listed as endangered.

There are more public affairs officers in Ecology than in the media, Glen said, and the Seattle Times is no longer paying attention to what is going on in government.  It’s up to us to expose to the widest possible audience.  Social media seems to be the best method for doing that.  It’s up to us to write the stories and get them out.  Check out the stories that appear on the CAPR website (www.capr.us). In addition, Glen has a personal blog where he is encouraging whistleblowers and reporting on issues. (www.wethegoverned.com).

Several issues facing citizens in Clallam County, include a climate change “adaptation” plan, a resolution for which was just passed by the County Commissioners; the timber issue, where a Timber Advisory Commission is meeting to determine whether it would be advisable to have the County manage its own timberland (currently the 80,000 acres is under management by the State Dept. of Natural Resources); the return of Wildlands Project by Senator Murray and Rep. Kilmer; and the restriction of water rights.

Watch for our next meeting to be scheduled in May.

 

Upcoming Meetings of Interest

None currently scheduled.  Check back soon.

 Programs We’ve Been Watching

WRIA 18  Instream Flow Rule  The State Department of Ecology has written a “Rule” granting water rights to the Dungeness River and the small streams in Eastern Clallam County, introducing new regulations restricting  irrigation and domestic wells and authorizing a “water bank”  commoditizes the water that the rule will remove from future growth and some of its current beneficial uses. We oppose this Rule in its present form. An organization has been formed to bring some common sense to water usage, and is pursuing legal action.   Go to:  Olympic Resource Protection Council for more information about this issue.

WRIA 19 Watershed Management Plan. This in the development of an instream flow rule for the Lyre and Hoko Rivers. We are cooperating with local groups from that inventory area.

Timber Issues – Clallam County owns approximately 80,000 acres of timberland, which has been under management by the WA State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  The agency entered an agreement with the county to harvest a certain amount of timber, and has failed to do so, costing the county millions of dollars in lost revenue for schools, fire districts, libraries and more.  Currently, there is an advisory commission (Trust Lands Advisory Committee) meeting to review whether it would be feasible for the county to take over management of its own timberland.  You can follow their meetings here: http://clallam.net/bocc/trustlands.html

Climate Change Adaptation Planning – Recently, at the urging of several environmental organizations, the Clallam County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) passed a Resolution to pursue possible studies about a climate change “adaptation” plan.  Climate change adaption would more than likely result in further restrictions on private property, higher taxes and more regulation.  The concept of manmade climate change is questionable.  We will be following this issue closely.

Wild Olympics – It’s back.  The move to place thousands more acres into “wilderness” (ie off limits to logging, fishing, etc.) in an area with hundreds of thousands of acres already pretty much off-limits has been fought here before.  Senator Patty Murray (D) and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D) are pushing it forward again. Read about the protest in 2011.
For a history and reasons for opposition, click here.

Some previous issues that are ongoing include:

Shorelines Master Program   Clallam County is beginning a three-year process of updating its SMP. That ordinance will regulate marine shorelines, the shorelines of lakes larger than a minimum size, and of streams and rivers with at least 20 cfs of flow, with the exceptions that it does not regulate Federal or Tribal lands nor lands subject to the Forest Practices Act nor within city limits. We are watching and intend to participate in the development of this ordinance.

Destruction of the Elwha Dams – In 1992 a group of government backed radical-environmentalists and our non-representative elected government officials using the pretext of restoring fish, freeing the river, and turning back the clock successfully steamrolled the agenda of removing the Elwha Lake/dams. The Left’s success (using our tax dollars) in ramming this insane plan down our throats gave them the ‘green light’ for taking by regulation and mandate of all manner of private property and private property rights. The more clearly the defenders of private property rights understand this pivotal event, the more forearmed we will be in defense of our remaining rights. (Read the full story here)
Karl Spees – Pres. ‘CAPR 13’

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