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I FEEL LIKE I’M BEING CHASED BY A ‘GRIZZ It looks and feels like brainwashing by some bureaucrats and public schools.  Here’s my take.... They Are After Our Kids — Hearts and Minds


It looks and feels like brainwashing by some bureaucrats and public schools.  Here’s my take.

During a boat tour in Alaska years ago, sight-seeing the famous Kenai Fjords (glaciers and such), I was once again stabbed in the back by the vicious green circle. I’ve written about the “circle” before, but this time I was taken by surprise. I saw firsthand (again) what appears to be the “taking” of our kids and turning them into protectionist exclusionists at very young ages.

Not all Wilderness is necessary; but good signage helps

If you have kids in school, then you probably have seen this first hand yourself, or at least heard about it. Programs are rampant in our schools that teach kids to hug a tree, save a critter from hunting, or protect the plants and animals. But you seldom hear about programs that teach responsible use or multiple-use. They are after our kids!

The basic goal of most protectionist (radical) preservationist anti-access groups is to have more Wilderness and less human impact on resources. That’s what it boils down to. To do that they have banded together – no matter what their particular interest – and developed a series of strategies to eventually accomplish their primary goal of excluding people from many public lands. It starts with our kids.

Just to list a few, those strategies include things like:
• The invention/promotion of Wilderness Study Areas (that are treated like Wilderness and often end up in Wilderness designation).
• New terms (land use designations) to restrict public land use, such as Near Natural Area, Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, Semi-primitive areas, etc.
• Formulation of The Wildlands Project (400 more Wilderness areas proposed in California alone).
• Support of such activities as Planned Parenthood (again, to reduce the impact of humans by reducing the number of humans).
• Acquisition of huge grants from radical green supporters, many of who already have their “place” in the Wildlands (especially Hollywood types).
• Joining forces with a multitude of other green organizations to spread out their battle lines much like an Army does in a war. Many of these groups have Boards of Directors and other leaders who are members of multiple groups (the same names show up over and over).
• Lobbying for and endorsing congressional candidates that support “environmental issues.”
• Spending fortunes in advertising, especially if it depicts motorized recreationists in a bad light yet portrays the sanctity of Wilderness, solitude and exclusion.
• Aggressively seeking ways to appeal to the voting public (mostly in big cities) where money flows a little easier and lack of a complete understanding of the rural areas exists.
• Supporting and helping to develop school programs (and teachers) who are blatantly anti-access and even radical protectionists.

The list goes on and on, but the point is, these strategies combine to make a vicious green circle that keeps coming back on itself. And now I saw it on a tour boat in Alaska – and this time it was directed at our kids!

Wilderness does offer sightings you can’t see otherwise


On my tour boat experience, there were dozens of families on the boat, and the Park Ranger brought along the Junior Ranger program to help the kids learn more about the Fjords. You can read all about this program here:

The program is based on teaching kids about the environment and enlisting their help in protecting the Park. Even a quiz is included, as well as a Junior Ranger badge.

While the idea of educating our kids about resources, parks, and the need to take care of what we have is a good one, this Junior Ranger thing scared me silly. What knocked me out of my boat shoes was the graduation ceremony at the end of the tour as we motored back into the harbor. The Ranger gathered all the kids and their parents and held a swearing in ceremony before handing out the badges and certificates. The oath-taking ceremony started with, “raise your right hand” and repeat after me…. “Do you swear to protect and defend the earth and all the plants and animals?”

I tuned out after that…. the words protect and defend stuck with me. I started trying to sort out what we were protecting and defending against? And where was responsible use or consumptive use or multiple-use?

So, then I did some more research and found where kids could become Web Rangers and never leave their computer. If your kid wants to be a Web Ranger, you have to begin with a pledge: The Web Ranger Pledge: As a National Park Service Web Ranger, I promise to learn about and help to protect our national parks and care for my surroundings.

So ok, I admit that learning about parks and our resources is a wonderful thing, but here again we’re asking kids to protect. What are we protecting against? And where is responsible use?
It seems obvious to me that this is just another component in the vicious green circle. They are after our kids.

They are teaching protectionist strategies, rather than responsible use, or multiple-use or sustained use, or another other kind of use. It’s all about non-use. It’s about exclusion of people from our resource base – from our Parks, Wildlands, and forests. That is why I tell folks that you cannot compromise with exclusionary elitists. If you compromise, you will most likely keep losing. You are not welcome to use your public lands – only protect them. They are now teaching our kids this message in hundreds of National Parks.

The Mile-Hi Jeep Club goes all out with All-4-Fun to include the kids, like over 100 at this year’s event, with fun games, and yes, maybe even the YMCA dance!


And let me not digress too far, but let’s not forget what we (and our kids) see on TV and in the Hollywood media.  The dumbing down of cartoons, anti-religious campaigns, not-so-hidden message to sway our tolerance levels to many things, and just plain brainwashing of kids, going all the back to when Disney first introduced Bambi.

Our defense is to make sure you know what your kids are learning not only in schools, but in programs such as this. Once you see things out of whack, it’s up to us to add to our kids learning by showing them the real world and bringing some balance into what they are learning. Get them involved in your state organization if it has kids’ programs.

Our solution to breaking the vicious green circle is two-fold: 1) be involved in the management of your public lands at whatever level you can (and yes, this means joining and supporting organized recreation groups/clubs); and 2) be informed and inform others. Find out for yourself what the truth is and what you believe. Educate your kids at home. Teach them our side of the story. Let your elected officials know your opinion (and demands). Never lose sight of the fact that public lands are YOURS.

Del Albright Ambassador

Internationally published author; WorldWide ModernJeeper Abassador and 2014 Inductee of the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. Del has been involved in the Jeeping Lifestyle for longer then most of us can count. His educational and mentorship programs have helped developed warfighters in the ongoing battle to keep Public Lands Open to the Public.

  • Harry

    January 8, 2019 #1 Author

    Del, I agree with most of your comments. The “swearing in” of children needs to stop. It reminds me of he Hitler Jugend from Germany in the 1930~1940’s. NOT a good thing, in my view. Your comments about the Planned Parenthood are not appropriate since I believe the organization has a greater role in health prevention than most people understand. The Parks Department Ranger program should be reviewed to ensure it is balanced with the total role of the Parks rather than one dimensional.

    Overall, I believe you wrote an excellent article which all of us should consider. Multi-use is the requirement of most public lands. The designation of many WSA areas is non-productive since few of these areas will actually be designated as wilderness. I’ve seen areas in New Mexico which are less than 20 miles from a city of 500,000 people. Ludicrous!

    Please keep informing us of the need & requirement to challenge the over designation of WSA areas and the unbalanced programs presented by the National Parks and Forest Service. We need to keep multi-use areas or we lose the use of these areas.


  • Del Albright

    January 8, 2019 #2 Author

    Thanks Harry, as always I value your input and thoughts. I added in the PP stuff knowing it might stir some controversy, but I could not leave them out of the vicious green circle that I have been fighting all my adult, land use life. I do get it about their role (since like nearly the turn of the 20th century). It’s just that these radical protectionist groups support and blab about PP for the wrong reasons in my thinking. I know it’s very complicated; and I do believe people should have options and choices. I hope this makes some sense.


  • Harry

    January 8, 2019 #3 Author

    Yes, your comments do make sense,Del. The challenge, as I see it, is the politics of both sides have forgotten they should not be mixing their religious views into the operation of the government and it’s agencies. As the very old philosopher (Aeschulus ?) said: Everything in moderation. To me, this means no extremes either way. I’ve seen first hand the overreach of some “environmentalists” who have now created (through their pressure on Congressmen) two new National Monuments adjacent to another National Monument. Altogether, the area exceeds 2 million acres! What this really means is the county is no longer responsible for maintaining the roads inside these monuments so the roads will disappear in time since the BLM doesn’t have the money to maintain the desert roads. If you are interested, look up the dimensions of the Trackways National Monument and the Organ Mountains — Desert Peaks National Monument.


  • John Thompson

    January 8, 2019 #4 Author

    A clear well written article that so many need to read and act on. When you consider the infiltration of the education system, management agencies and government and factor in that most don’t see it or want to act on it, and are “too busy” to get invovled or any of the other handful of excuses we hear and the outcome seems inevitable? So !! as I read this and have pondered upon many mountain top trails or dirt roads, what is their end game ? What does a future beyond victory for them look like? What is a utopian “green” America look like and as I’ve ran IT to its end, what do you think that looks like and you being you and your worldly experience and specific way of assessing an unfriendly force, how does Del see that futuristic green utopia and is it realistic or possible? Thankyou for all you do!!! It’s a fairly thankless frustrating way to spend the precious and finite time on this planet I’m still baffled by you and Stacie, I suspect cloning or time travel because I have no idea how you accomplish all you do … hmmm an army of Albrights ? now that would be interesting?


    • Del Albright

      January 8, 2019 #5 Author

      Stacie and I, and others, have worked hard to raise that Army, John. We still are trying, and now with the help of, we hope more will follow. But footsteps in the sand are very hard to follow after the tide comes and goes…


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