So many individuals collapse and bend over backwards to accommodate the most ridiculous requests of federal and state governments, however this story is a reminder of how all of us ought to reply when bureaucrats come knocking at our doorways.
Recently, Oregon ranchers Larry and Amanda Anderson acquired a letter by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife asking for permission to survey their land so as to monitor a virtually endangered species. The letter requested use of the landowners’ creek to doc the amphibian life represented, particularly the foothill yellow-legged frog which is famous to have lately declined in inhabitants. If the Anderson’s agreed to give the division entry, they had been ensured as being accountable for “the conservation of this important species.”
But the Andersons weren’t precisely and seen an alternative to flip the tables on the request and apply slightly “Golden Rule” justice, or no less than doing unto the government as is so typically executed unto them.
The Andersons constructed the most effective come-back letters of all time. The solely method to actually respect it’s to read it in its entirety:
Dear Mr. Niemela:
Thank you to your inquiry concerning accessing our property to survey for the yellow-legged frog. We might have the option to show you how to out with this matter.
We have divided our 2.26 acres into 75 equal survey models with a draw tag for every unit. Application charges are solely $8.00 per unit after you buy the “Frog Survey License” ($120.00 resident / $180.00 Non-Resident). You may also want to get hold of a “Frog Habitat” parking allow ($10.00 per automobile). You may also want an “Invasive Species” stamp ($15.00 for the primary automobile and $5.00 for every add’l automobile) You may also need to register on the Check Station to have your automobile inspected for non-native vegetation prior to coming into our property. There can also be a Day Use charge, $5.00 per automobile.
If you’re profitable within the Draw you can be notified two weeks in advance so you may make needed plans and buy your “Creek Habitat” stamp. ($18.00 Resident / $140.00 Non-Resident). Survey models open between 8am and 3pm however you can’t start survey till 9am and should stop all survey exercise by 1pm.
Survey Gear can solely embody a web with a 2″ diameter manufactured from 100% natural cotton netting with now not than an 18″ deal with, non-weighted and no deeper than 6′ from web body to backside of web. Handles can solely be manufactured from BPA-free plastics or wood handles. After 1pm you should use a web with a 3″ diameter if you buy the “Frog Net Endorsement” ($75.00 Resident / $250 Non-Resident). Any frogs captured which can be launched will want to be launched with an permitted launch system again into the setting unhurt.
As of June 1, we’re providing draw tags for our “Premium Survey” models and software is once more solely $8.00 per software. However, all charges could be waived should you can confirm Native Indian Tribal rights and standing.
You may also want to present proof of profitable completion of “Frog Surveys and You” complete course on frog identification, secure dealing with practices, and self-defense methods for frog assaults. This course is obtainable on-line by means of an accredited program for a nominal charge of $750.00.
Please tell us if we could be of help to you. Otherwise, we decline your entry to our property however respect your inquiry.
Larry & Amanda Anderson