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Founded 1994

The right to own private property is a fundamental American freedom that
guarantees personal liberty and promotes economic prosperity.


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June 14, 2002

Dear Friend:

With you help, this work to defend private property rights has expanded to a world-wide audience! Your participation, whether through your personal efforts or your contributions, has made possible a doubling of the number of citizens PRFA has been privileged to help during the past twelve months!

Our web site www. is by far the biggest source of this growth. The web site now offers nearly 450 "pages," each "page" being a section directory or an article, nearly all produced by PRFA! We now have over 49,000 hits per month, and the number is growing rapidly.

Several people have told me that ours is their favorite web site! Some individuals check it every day.

People are streaming in on the Kennard Walter's home page photo of the
one-quarter mile "Wall of Cars" that Gene Crandall built around his junkyard in
Port Byron, N.Y., when the town ordered him to stop operating and to put up a fence.

Our web site is different from others. Not only do we offer well-documented information about a very broad range of issues that property owners face, but they can quickly find practical information that they need to organize successfully. And, citizens receive personal responses to their e-mails and telephone calls.

One appreciative landowner sent this e-mail:

"I want to thank you so much for taking the time out of your schedule to talk with me the other day. I learned so much from just talking with you, and since then I have been sharing what I have learned with our group, LOCAL. I have been reading everything on the PRFA website, and have been using the articles, etc. as jumping off points for further study..." – K.M., Warwick, N.Y.

We have 19 topical New York indexes and 22 topical national indexes that appear when the appropriate master index linked to one of two maps on the home page is clicked. Recently, we began an international section. Looking close to home, people appreciate the "APA Watch," exposing the irrational excesses of the governor-appointed regional zoning agency, the Adirondack Park Agency, with which people who are owners of any of the three million acres of private land here are burdened.

Right now we are in the midst of greatly expanding the section "Citizen's Strategies for Defending Private Property Rights," which has been at the top of the site's popularity. This project will work in conjunction with the plan to rejuvenate the schedule of our respected journal Positions on Property. Simultaneously, PRFA's newsletter, the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse is now making its mark regularly with news and analysis that is generally unavailable elsewhere. Here are just a few words from the many gracious recent letters of appreciation for the outreach and publications that PRFA is able to provide, with your help:

"Your publications are professionally done, and an inspiration to my fledgling group. I'd like to have all available back issues of 'Positions on Property.'"
- L. S., Doe Hill, Virginia

"Thank you for your informative talk with our SWAT members on a successful letter-writing campaign & other matters." - K.M., Corinth, N.Y.

"Your information about conservation easements was both 'sobering' and informative."
- Earl B. Morgenrath, Pres., Boone & Crockett Club, Missoula, Montana

Our Sixth Annual New York Conference planned for Albany on Saturday, November 16 will feature the theme "Celebrating Private Property Rights, with our good friend Robert J. Smith, head of the now independent Center for Private Conservation in Washington, D.C., delivering the keynote address.

PRFA's work has flourished incredibly during the eight years since our founding. Eight years operating without salaries — a truly volunteer organization, not just me, but the board of directors, the advisory board, and the many PRFA participants who stimulate and team up with the official programs of PRFA by sharing information, inspiration, and their own volunteer work!

Thank you for your generous support that has made possible the Web Site, Positions, the Clearinghouse, the Conferences, the Conference Proceedings, the many other publications, the speeches to grassroots groups and prestigious organizations, and our intense program of assistance and information to local citizens.

As we enter the second half of the year 2002, if you can find it possible to make a special contribution to PRFA at this time, it would be an important help toward the many programs that are going forward in the immediate future. And please don't forget, — your good ideas and information are also sought and greatly appreciated!

With best regards,


Carol W. LaGrasse

A copy of the latest annual financial report of the Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc. may be obtained from the organization or from the Office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10271.

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