Fifth Annual Grassroots Leadership Award
Presented to Fred V. Grau, Jr.
"In Recognition of His Dedication to Defending Private
Property Rights & Constitutional Representative Government"
When Fred V. Grau, Jr., president of Grasslyn, Inc., of State
College, Pennsylvania, found his family seed production business
threatened by the specter of government policies to counter so-called
"invasive species," he did not take the usual approach,
such as cutting deals, doing whatever a person can to keep operating,
and not worrying about the national implications. Instead, he
took a pioneering lead to expose the implications of the insidious
new paradigm to diminish private property rights. Applying his
knowledge of agriculture in the context of his principled stance
on behalf of constitutionally protected private property rights,
he became one of the nation's foremost advocates for sanity in
the face of this major environmentalist assault on freedom. He
has made countless trips to Washington, D.C., testified before
Congress, written authoritative articles, and served as a resource
for reliable technical information on invasive species issues.
He has thereby held the forefront in fighting invasive species
laws and regulations in the United States. In addition, in the
face of radical environmentalist inroads into private property
rights, Fred Grau has been leading a grassroots effort in the
State of Pennsylvania to help people facing a multitude of issues.