Dear Editor:

The SUN had an article Oct. 31 regarding the use of “public lands” for other seasonal uses.  However, that’s a bit confusing … whose lands are these “public lands?”  Throughout the article it uses the term “USFS lands.”  Well, whose lands are these lands the USFS is claiming to control?  Are they “public lands,” or are they USFS (government) lands?”  If the government claims control, how did they obtain this control over Colorado land and assets?  Why do they call these lands “public lands,” while telling the “public” (that would be, We the People) how to manage, use and enter our own lands in our own state?  Doesn’t this seem strange to anyone?  How did the government obtain control over our state lands, owned by We, the People of Colorado?   Where does it get its jurisdiction over our lands in our state?

Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17 “To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) … and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings.”

The onlyway the federal government has any authority over our lands outside any of its 18 (yes, only 18) constitutionally enumerated powers and jurisdiction is for it to “purchase” said land for its limited purposes, or for the state to lawfully and legislatively “cede” the land to this government, so, I ask again, where did the federal government obtain the authority to control our lands and resources?

CAHA v. U.S., 152 U.S. 211 (1894)  “The laws of congress in respect to those matters do not extend into the territorial limits of the States, but have force only in the District of Columbia, and other places that are within the exclusive jurisdiction of the national government.’’

Colorado is not in this “exclusive jurisdiction,” and We, the People, have not “sold” our lands to the federal government, nor have We, the People, ceded these lands to it.  We own these lands.  It is our land and assets, and we, not corporations or governments, have the rights to all assets held in them and to use them as best as we determine for ourselves.

Last February, I requested the BLM to provide proof of jurisdictional over our lands.  They have ignored this request because they cannot provide proof of this jurisdiction.  This is why other Colorado county people have stopped the BLM and Forest Service by remembering who the boss is, and not allow this out-of-control government to continue to steal our rights, liberties and property.

We, locally in Colorado, can exercise our authority by simply using the law and constitution as we intended it to be used … for our benefit and service.  It is time we stopped this madness, act locally, and stop unlawful, unconstitutional federal encroachment in every way it is in breach of its duty.

Jeff Maehr

This story was posted on November 21, 2013.