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An alphabetical listing of articles and information relating to
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Bath Petroleum v. NY State DEC - Decision
- Decision posted in full.
Bath Petroleum v. NY State DEC - Order
- Order posted in full.
Bath Petroleum Storage, et al. v. NYS DEC, et al., Memorandum and Order — NY State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, October 1, 2002
- Without seeming to comprehend DEC's abuse of administrative power that was recognized in Judge Cornelius's Supreme Court decision, the Appellate Court's short, dismissive memorandum recites the principle that judicial review of an administrative action may not substitute the court's judgement for an agency determination.
"The Battle Over Eminent Domain Based on 'Blight'"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA, June 30, 2010
An unforgettable hearing at the State Court of Appeals on June 1 over the use of eminent domain to take small businesses for the expansion of Columbia University, a callous decision on June 25 accepting the evidence of "blight" from the Empire State Development Corporation, and some history of the expansion of the definition of "blight" to validate a public purpose tell a tale of the abysmal state of private property rights in New York.
Beaver Pond Club 
- Photos of the Beaver Pond Hunting Club slated for demolition by New York State.
"Before Leaving Office, Gov. Pataki Announces Preservation of More Than One Million Acres; Northern Counties Suffer Population Declines"
-News Brief, PRFA, March 2007
 Behind Rent Control: Property
Rites and Economic Wrongs
-Speech by Adrian Tiemann, Ph.D. from Proceedings of the Third Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (1998).
Being Heard As a Citizen—HOW TO REACH YOUR REPRESENTATIVE
-Talk to the Coxsackie Awareness Group, June 19, 1997, by Carol W. LaGrasse.
Benz Pond Club 
- Photos of the Benz Pond Hunting Club slated for demolition by New York State.
 The Better Way—Defeating and Repealing Zoning, Building Code and Unconstitutional "Nuisance" Rules Before They Affect You Personally
- by Carol W. LaGrasse, from Positions on Property, Vol. 3, No. 2, May 1996.
"Beware of Those Noxious Wildlife Corridors"
- By Nate Dickinson, Wildlife Biologist (PRFA, Aug 16, 2002)
Americans should wake up to the threat to traditional American values posed by the pseudo-science of the Wildlands Project, which is being used to advocate federal ownership of land between "core" areas such as the Okefenokee and Osceola National Forests in Florida.
"Beware the Intrusive Invasive Species Act"
- By Nate Dickinson (PRFA, September 5, 2003)
A wildlife biologist's common sense discussion of S.525, the National Aquatic Invasive Species Act of 2003, warning that the bill provides more for expansive regulatory bureaucracy than for the practical protection from invasive species.
 Beyond Zoning—Land Use in the Twenty-first Century
- Speech by John A. Charles from Proceedings of the Fourth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (1999).
"Bias Fear or Biosphere — The Proposed Bay of Fundy Biosphere Reserve"
- Guest editorial by Douglas Boddy, Advocate Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada (April, 2002)
The proposed designation of the Bay of Fundy Biosphere Reserve threatens people and sovereignty. It would include five counties, over 180,000 people, and approximately 900,000 hectares (2,225,000 acres).
"Bill Introduced by Sen. DeFrancisco Would Limit Eminent Domain"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, February 2006)
An eminent domain reform bill introduced by Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair of the New York State Senate Judiciary Committee, would limit the use of eminent domain to true public projects such as highways, schools, and parks; require that eminent domain by authorities be approved by an elected body, and pay relocation costs.
"Bill to Regulate Conservation Easements Introduced into Montana Legislature"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA Press Release, February 28, 2003)
Rep. Rick Maedje pioneers conservation easement reform to protect landowners, rural communities, and the resource-based economy.
"Bill would create Highlands Stewardship Area - $25 million fund would tie up land in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, August 27, 2003)
Wealthy New York interests, non-profits, recreationists, and preservationists have been working for over ten years on a grandiose greenway from the Delaware River across northern New Jersey, southern New York just north of the metropolitan region, and western Connecticut. A new bill in Congress will direct money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to buy up land.
Biodiversity and the City: A Case Study of the New York Metropolitan Region
- A proposal for a New York Metropolitan Region Biosphere Reserve by William D. Solecki, Montclair State University and Cynthia Rosenzweig, NASA/Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia Earth Institute, May 21, 2001.
"Biosphere Reserves Do Have Consequences"
— Source: U.S. Senate Subcommiteee on Forests and Public Land Management, May 16, 1999
An environmental group, Help Alert Western Kentucky, Inc., filed a lawsuit against a timber sale in the Land Between the Lakes area owned by TVA, arguing that the Biosphere Reserve Core Area should be undisturbed.
Biosphere Reserves and World Heritage Sites 
- Index page of information about the Biosphere Reserves & World Heritage Sites.
"Biosphere Reserves" -
UNESCO MAB
- Map of worldwide Biosphere Reserves.
 Peter F. Blackman Testimony to National Parks Subcommittee Hearing on the National Historic Register, April 21, 2005
The National Register is supposed to be elective and an honor. The National Park Service literature trumpets time and again that you can do anything you wish with your house without penalty. The "National Park Service and others will use the National Register as a bludgeon against the property owner and trample his property rights, if they can."
 Peter F. Blackman "Supplemental Statement to Testimony" Hearing on the National Historic Register, April 21, 2005
Owner of house in the Historic Green Springs District located in Louisa County, Virginia, cannot repair his unexceptional, decrepit house because of National Park Service's purported conservation easement on his house. The dispute is in litigation.
BLM and USFS Implement GIS into new National Integrated Land System
(BLM - January 23, 2003)
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) manage survey and land records for approximately 500 million acres of federal lands, with BLM managing an additional 300
million acres of subsurface mineral resources. The two agencies have joined together with a consortium of state, county and private organizations to develop a combined GIS system called the National Integrated Land System.
BLM's Way of Protecting the Tortoise
- By Don Fife.
Board Members 
- The members of the Board of Directors and the Advisory Board of the Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.

Book Reviews

- Index page of information about the review of books related to property rights.
"Brief Comments on Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (Abbreviated Transcript)"
- By Peter J. LaGrasse, Chairman, Stony Creek Board of Assessors (PRFA, December 9, 2003)
Corridor proponents are concealing the extreme limitation in the protection from liability for owners where trails are located. The Heritage Corridor is a plan for a total change in cultural orientation. Local people will not be able to afford the taxes. If this scheme succeeds, there indigenous population will not be able to continue to live in the area.
"Britain's Exmoor National Park to Ban Second Homes—New Rules to Fight Gentrification"
- by Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, February 28, 2002).
"Brooklyn Neighborhood Threatened by Eminent Domain for Private Stadium"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, January 4, 2004)
City and borough officials back downtown skyscraper project, to begin with Atlantic Yards, centered about new Arena for the Nets basketball team from New Jersey. Grassroots survey exposes eminent domain impact on 1,000 Prospect Heights residents and business people.
A Brutal Model Program for the Heritage Corridors - A Few Notes on the Columbia River Gorge Commission
- by Carol W. LaGrasse, from Positions on Property, Vol. 1, No. 2, Supplement (PRFA, May 1994)
Buffalo National River Map and Sitton Cemetery Photo Gallery
- Map of the Buffalo National River and photos of the Sitton Cemetery.
"Building Code Enforcement Socks Owner of Low-cost Home"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA, March 2008
The neat geodesic dome house that David Greathouse built near Craig, Colorado, was innovative and low-cost, a possible inspiration for construction of inexpensive houses. But that was immaterial to building code enforcement. His small-scale geodesic dome house was torn down in July 2007 and Mr. Greathouse moved to New Mexico, where he constructed a new dome house using his salvaged framework, in an area without "benefit" of code.
"Burning Issues-The Dangers of Government Forest Management"
- By Robert H. Nelson, Ph.D., Reprinted from the Proceedings of the Fifth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA 2000)
A record of warnings by experts in the forestry profession going back a decade states that Western forests are a fire hazard waiting to happen. Instead of managing the 600 million acres of federally owned forests like a "theme park," they should be handled professionally, to protect the environment and serve the people of the U.S.
"Bypassed — Jay rethinks Byways program"
— By Bethany Kosmider, Contributing Writer, Plattsburg Press-Republican, March 5, 2003 (Reprinted by permission of the Press-Republican)
Lacking adequate information from the sponsoring Adirondack North Country Association about the proposed New York State Olympic Trail Scenic Byway, the Jay Town Board voted to decline to be part the controversial program. The Town Board was concerned about future regulation of scenic views and more government rules about aesthetics. They were wary of the Byway Corridor Management Plan, which was not yet available for them to see what regulations could be in store.

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