Well done Debby


To the editor,


Last week Senator Debby Barrett wrote an excellent article about the lack of public input in the Grizzly Bear Management Plan Draft EIS for Southwestern Montana, a plan written by Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks.  Senator Barrett pointed out the inordinate amount of input and influence that five nationally recognized NGOs had in the scoping process, while the public scoping was never really opened to the public.  This glaring omission and the lack of local government input into the scoping process was pointed out by Commissioner Leonard Wortman last year in a letter to then FWP Director Joe Maurier and Montana State Wildlife Action Plan Coordinator, Deb O’Neill.  It obviously fell on deaf ears.

There is a reason for this lack of input from elected officials and I will attempt to explain why Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are allowed a seat at the table when regular citizens and local elected officials are not. This is not an oversight, it is a very well thought out plan to change our system of government from “of, by, and for the people” to “of, by, and for the special interests” and Tax Exempt Foundations that now seem to control every aspect of our daily lives.

The concept of NGOs was developed in the 1950s by U.N. Technocrats as a way of promoting international policies and programs that were unconstitutional and against American self-interest, all the while appearing to be driven by local or national environmental groups.  Through seemingly “grass roots” organizations they developed international advertising campaigns, hired scores of attorneys, poured millions of dollars into lobbying efforts, and hired scientists and experts to promote their radical agenda.  Many seemingly desirable ideas have been taken to the extreme by radical environmental NGOs that don’t care one iota about your rural livelihood or property rights.  I’ll bet if you check, the five “nationally recognized environmental groups” mentioned are actually five internationally recognized and U.N. sanctioned NGOs that have a much different agenda than the folks living and working here in Southwest Montana. 

The next time you consider sending money to an environmental group to save something, I suggest that you take the time to research their finances, board of directors, national or international accreditation and statement of purpose.  You might be surprised with what you find!


Dan Happel

Commissioner – Madison District 2