Letter To The Editor: BS National Heritage Area

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I am writing this letter to express my concern with, and opposition to, the Big Sky Country National Heritage Area, Inc (BSCNHA), which would include ALL of Cascade County and part of Chouteau County.   

Every landowner that I have spoken to about the BSCNHA either have NO CLUE what it is or thought that this issue was done after numerous landowners spoke out AGAINST it and formal resolutions were created.  This tells me that public notification is NOT being made.  In fact, BSCNHA, Inc has REFUSED to speak to any person or group that is opposed to their agenda.  BSCNHA, Inc FAILED to include private landowners in the feasibility study that they had done.  Less than 1.7% of impacted residents and/or businesses were aware of this study. 

BSCNHA, Inc management is a private origination with no accountability to voters 

BSCNHA, Inc has a self-appointed board.  

Three of the board members are serving on the county Historic Preservation Advisory Committee (HPAC)..conflict of interest?  With Jane Weber appearing as a guest at every meeting. 

If BCSNHA, Inc does get a NHA passed this board along with state and federal government officials would have direct influence over private property owner’s rights.  They will influence what we can and cannot do with our own property. 

NHA’s cost taxpayers!  To date NO NHA has become self-sufficient thus they are ALL totally dependent on the taxpayer’s money.   I’ll remind you that BSCNHA, Inc board is NOT accountable to the voters. 

I attended a HPAC meeting Wednesday, April 13, 2022.  A discussion took place concerning historical business (PRIVATE) records.  Jane Weber asked “how do we go about MAKING businesses….” 

MAKING ?  Jane is the chair of the BSCNHA, Inc  MAKE…?  If the NHA is created what is she going to MAKE us do?     

Will we all have to have a blue door?  Specific flowers in our yards?  Have to pay to restore a barn on our property that will crumble if a good wind comes along?  Will this board have the right to influence whether we can rent, sell, plant crops? Or if our property becomes an acquisition under eminent domain?   This local corporation and its funding partners can IMPACT our coveted rights!  

BSCNHA, Inc has been conducting business as if the NHA has already been established.  People won’t pay as much attention if they think it already exist.  

I WILL MAKE IT KNOWN NOW THAT I WILL NOT CONSENT TO A NHA AND ANY ATTEMPTS TO MAKE MY PROPERTY A PART OF A NHA WILL BE MET WITH LEGAL ACTION!! I DO NOT CONSENT… 

AS A TAXPAYER I DO NOT APPROVE OF ANY NHA, 30×30 PROGRAM OR ANY OTHER PROGRAM THAT INFRINGES UPON LANDOWNER RIGHTS.  

This needs to stop!  

I have yet to speak to anyone in favor of this horrible program and governmental overreach. 

I expect action to be taken against any NHA being proposed.  Our landowner rights MUST be protected.   

Respectfully,
Ruth Wardell 
Great Falls

3 COMMENTS

  1. Ah yes, just who we should listen to. Ruth Wardell owner of that big ranch with crops she’s worried about. You know the one *checks notes*, in the middle of Valley View? How about instead of some random person who has no acreage or skin in the game yelling into the clouds you actually ask some of us who have multiple acres with either cows grazing or haying.

    • So you want Jane Weber and her commie buddies to be in control of your acreage huh ??
      ” Show me your papers, comrade.”
      You think I am kidding ?? Read the BSCNHA mission statement. It reads as if lifted directly from the pages of the UN’s Agenda 21/ Agenda2030.
      Get a clue pal, before you go and knock someone who is more informed than you are.

      • Amen. Power and control is the name of the game by the United Nations. They are putting into place (by infiltration) their evil agenda to destroy America from within. We must not allow them to steal our children’s future through this communistic takeover of “our” land.

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