Declaration of Rededication
to the LBL Promises and Mission
The Land Between the Lakes (LBL) is a precious resource that was established by
removing the residents, most by force or threat of force, who had held rightful title to the land
for many generations, and that this coerced sacrifice is the true price paid for the LBL;
the sole motive given for taking the land was to protect the LBL from the commercial development that would
occur as the completion of the reservoir system increased property values;
in order to enhance and ensure the continued undeveloped and pristine condition
all "inholdings" (the residents, their churches, farms and businesses) would be removed;
this was done in exchange for the promise that the Land Between the Lakes would remain
forever free of commercialization and permanent human habitation; this promise
was made in testimony before Congress, to local organizations, to the residents, to the press,
the Tennesse Valley Authority (TVA) has consistently expressed this promise with the following mission statement:
"To manage the resources of Land Between the Lakes for optimum yield of outdoor recreation and
environmental education for the American people. In so doing, to utilize our demonstration assignment to research,
test and demonstrate innovative programs to help stimulate the development of the surrounding region; and to extend the
beneficial results as widely as possible."
The TVA has violated the promise and mission for the LBL using the pretense of Congressionally
imposed monetary constraints;
in the face of public criticism TVA publicly claimed to abandoned its five development/commercialization
concepts while continuing to implement elements of those concepts, and in so doing has lost
the public trust and squandered the public's monetary and natural resources.
We therefore endorse the following principles:
TVA, with its present unprincipled, unqualified, and unchecked authority, should not be allowed to manage the LBL.
The LBL must be rededicated to its original mission, thereby renewing both the promises made to those whose
sacrifice purchased the LBL, AND the promise for the future of the LBL.
The former residents of the LBL must be allowed to continue to pay homage to their former
communities; and the restoration, maintenance, and access to all cemeteries within the LBL
must be recognized and supported.
An action similar in scope and intent to the action which formed the LBL and which was specified in the justification
used for removal of the former residents must be taken. Specifically, the original covenant must be renewed by once again
removing, in the spirit of the original LBL mission, all permanent human habitations, and "all vestiges" of
Furthermore, this action must entail a rededication to the preservation, research, and environmental
education aspects of the mission as the means for stimulating the economy of the surrounding region by creating a
more attractive and unique resource for outdoor recreation.
In sum, with regard to the LBL, we do agree that both the promises from the past, which provide definition
and form to the LBL, and the promise for the future, which gives purpose to the LBL, must be renewed, enhanced,
and maintained as a covenant between the people and their government.
We thus agree that whatever agency or mechanism Congress entrusts to manage the LBL (whether
TVA, National Park System, land trust, endowment fund, etc.) the following components must be in place:
Binding legislation must require that the entrusted agency or mechanism abide by all the above-stated
principles and promises.
The promises and the original mission must form the sole template for governance; moreover, the role of
management must be solely to implement the mission.
The selling or leasing of any properties within the LBL or the use of any portion of the LBL in a manner
inconsistent with the promise and the original mission (for example, for any commercial purpose) must
be expressly prohibited.
Reasonable, humane consideration should be given to the longstanding connection of the former residents to LBL, such
as restoration and maintenance of access to their cemeteries within the LBL.
A legal device must ensure the ecological integrity of the land and preserve the rights of the former residents
and their families to that land should the agency or mechanism entrusted with the duty to manage the LBL fail to adhere to
the promises made and/or to the mission of the LBL.
We hereby beseech the Congress of the United States of America to authorize an independent study to determine which
mechanism of management can best achieve the above-stated goals; and further, to take the
necessary steps to implement the findings of that study by Congressional legislation if
need be. The promise to the people from their government must be kept.
If you would like to add your name to the thousands who have already signed in support of
the Declaration of Redidication, just download, or print this page. You may return it to:
Concept Zero Task Force, P.O. Box 56, Eddyville, Ky. 42038
We, the undersigned, have read the Declaration of Rededication, endorse the principles
for management of the LBL contained therein, and ask that the Congress of the United States
of America authorize an independent study to determine which mechanism of management can
best restore the promises and mission of the LBL, and further, to take the necessary steps
to implement the findings of that study.