Citizens Oppose Caddo Lake Becoming National Heritage Area
Once again Caddo Lake has found it's way into the crosshairs of US Government and if lawmakers have their way, the lake could become part of a huge National Heritage Area that would span from west of Jefferson, Texas to Plain Dealing, Louisiana.
However, scores of citizens within the proposed area are voicing concerns with the proposal and some have even deemed it a "land grab."
The group "Caddo Lake's Last Stand" explains their biggest concerns in this video on their Facebook page. In the video, Danny McCormick with the Caddo Parish Alliance, explains that passage of this bill could be the "biggest loss of freedom in our lifetime." He goes on to say that a 900 square mile area around Caddo Lake is being targeted as a "green asset" and that property owners and their rural lifestyle have been judged "unsustainable." McCormick adds that if this bill passes "it could steal your private property rights."
In a story from arklatexhomepage, we find some investigation into the proposed Senate bill that citizens in the proposed area say they've had no knowledge about.
Currently making its way through the U.S. Senate is a bill, S. 2947, authored by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), that establishes a 900-square-mile area in northwest Louisiana and east Texas as the Caddo Lake National Heritage Area.
U.S. Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Mike Johnson (R-LA) and John Ratcliffe (R-TX) are handling the same legislation on the House side.
The Senate bill is now under consideration in the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
However, those who back the legislation say that it would actually preserve, protect and promote 200 historic sites and six land and water-based trails in Texas and Louisiana and would provide federal funds for upgrades to facilities and install additional new amenities.
If you feel the possibility of the negatives of this bill far outweigh the positives, the group encourages you to contact your Senator and to keep up with the group's activities on their Facebook page.