Jim Chilton was one of the guest speakers at the Good Neighbor Forum `07. He actually WON a suit against the Center for Biodiversity. To learn more, please go to www.GoodNeighborLaw.com
Jim Chilton, Chairman, Federal Lands Committee
Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association
Box 423, 17691 W. Chilton Ranch Road
Arivaca, Arizona 85601
To: Director, Judicial Watch, Inc.
Dear Mr. Fitton, January 13, 2009
It is time to declare victory. As you and I agreed at our meeting in 2005, citizens are subject to tyranny when a Federal Officer does not follow the laws, rules, regulations and handbooks of his or her Agency. When individual federal employees are allowed without consequence to impose their own personal environmental agendas through use of the federal regulatory process, we are no longer a nation of laws.
One of my goals as Federal Lands Chairman of the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association was to get the United States Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management to issue new ethics guidelines regarding conflicts of interest for their employees. Thanks to Judicial Watch and our tenacious lawyer Dennis Parker, I am pleased to announce that the new ethics documents have been issued by these three agencies. Hopefully, this multi-year effort will give ranchers and other citizens a more effective way to challenge unethical behavior practiced by anti-ranching activists within these federal agencies.
Your team, led by Mr. Christopher J. Farrell, was instrumental in successfully identifying gross conflicts of interest and unethical behavior within the United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Fish and Wildlife Service. I believe the identification of the abuses, together with a series of letters to Agency officials, caused the aforementioned Agencies to promulgate the attached Code of Ethics for each Agency. I sincerely hope the Obama Administration enforces the new Code of Ethics.
In closing, thank you again for your, your staff’s, Mr. Farrell’s and Judicial Watch’s diligent efforts to protect United States citizens. The American cattle and sheep ranchers of the West, along with the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association and the National Public Lands Council, certainly appreciate your work.
Sincerely, Jim Chilton
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