Colorado Couple Finds Out Land Is Only Theirs Until The Government Wants It

Tony Gosling tony at
Sat Apr 26 23:59:26 BST 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Eminent Domain: Colorado Couple Finds Out Their 
Land Is Only Theirs Until The Government Wants It

Daisy Luther

  Imagine this:
  You do your research and you choose a retreat 
property far off the beaten path. You spend time 
and money developing it, making it your own. 
Maybe it is a vacation home, or maybe you’re a 
prepper and this is your bug-out location. 
Regardless of the reason you chose it, it’s 
yours, so maybe you plant some perennial 
vegetables and some fruit trees. You dig a well 
or locate a spring. You make it your own.
  Then the government comes along and says, 
“Nope, we want this land – you’re out.”
  And they just take it, evicting you like they 
are the landlord and you are merely a tenant, despite your name on the deed.
  That’s exactly what happened to a couple in 
Colorado. Andy and Ceil Barrie fought the government and the government won.
  The Barries had purchased an idyllic 10-acre 
parcel of land in the midst of the White River 
National Forest. The private land had on it a 
rustic cabin, an outhouse, and an old boarded-up 
gold mine. It was a day use cabin, and therefore 
totally off the grid. No electricity, no plumbing 
– just peace and solitude, accessible only by an 
ATV via a road that Summit County didn’t even 
know existed. The cabin is 1.2 miles off the main 
road. From a preparedness standpoint, the place 
is what most of us dream of – a sweet little 
piece of paradise far off the beaten path, without a powerline in sight.
  The government used many different bizarre 
strategies to get the Barries off of their land. 
Pay close attention, because precedents are being 
set that could affect hunters or those creating bug-out retreats.

#1 ATV access threatened an endangered species
  The government’s first line of attack against 
the Barries was forbidding them to use a 
motorized vehicle to reach the property. This 
will sound familiar to anyone who has been 
following the Cliven Bundy case in Nevada: Summit 
“county officials issued a report that stated 
'public motorized access' to the property 
threatened the alpine tundra and the habitat for 
the lynx, an endangered species.” (source) County 
officials took a vote in October of 2013, and in 
order to save the lynx threatened by the Barries’ 
occasional access, agreed that their property 
should be seized. (In the case of the Bundy 
ranch, his cattle were massacred by the 
government while they claimed to be concerned 
about the fate of the desert tortoise.)

#2 The county demanded that “various commercial activities” be halted
  And exactly what nefarious money-making schemes 
were the Barries up to? Why, Andy Barrie had the 
audacity to gather up fallen pine cones and take 
them home for his Christmas wreath-making 
business. He used a cart attached to the 
aforementioned ATV to take them back to his home, 
where the wreaths were created.

#3 The county condemned the cabin because of electrical and plumbing issues
it’s an off-grid cabin, so there was no 
electricity and no plumbing to start with. In 
their haste to protect the environment, one would 
think that bringing in electricity or plumbing 
would be far more of an issue than a 
low-carbon-footprint place that used no public 
utilities.This was strictly a day-use cabin, thus 
requiring no plumbing or power. How many off-grid 
homes that adjoin national land exist across the 
country right now? How many hunting and trapping 
cabins are snugly sitting out there in the 
wilderness? Are all of those properties next on 
the government’s list of properties to steal?

#4 The cabin was in violation of zoning laws
  A previous owner had expanded the cabin without 
a permit. Because we have to ask the government’s 
permission for everything, you see.

  In the end, the government won.

  On Thursday, the Barries had no option but to 
cede the land. The government paid them $115,000 
for it. They had spent $75,000 waging a legal 
defense. Ceil Barrie said in a statement:
  The cabin was condemned on the grounds of 
plumbing and electricity, when it doesn’t even 
have plumbing or electricity. All those things 
added up in my mind. This is ridiculous, we can 
never win and our money is not unlimited. I have 
two kids in college this year. To me, what just 
came out of it is, you can’t fight the government. (source)
  The moral to this story is, the government does 
not support the lifestyle to which many of us 
aspire. Self sufficiency and freedom from the 
grid are not celebrated, but demonized. The 
government, through various agencies masquerading 
as do-gooders, have waged war on woodstoves, 
off-grid lifestyles, front yard vegetable 
gardens, and anything that might allow you to 
live without their daily input or without being 
subject to their many taxes and fees.

  Private property rights are ignored and, 
according to the government, we must all submit 
to their “eminent domain”. What it boils down to: 
You might think you own something, but it’s clear 
that it is only yours until the government decides that they want it.

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor. 
Her website, The Organic Prepper, where this 
first appeared, offers information on healthy 
prepping, including premium nutritional choices, 
general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can 
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