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Earth Liberation Front is now FBI's No. 1 Domestic Terrorist Threat
- News Brief - March 2001:
Mainstream media finally pick up on the concern of ecoterrorism.
"Earth Liberation Front Terrorizes Pennsylvania Property Owners"
— By Wesley Sholtes, Contributing Writer, (PRFA, March 8, 2003)
ELF, an international underground movement devoted to techniques of ecoterrorism to protect the environment, has recently embarked on a series of attacks in western Pennsylvania involving economic sabotage and property destruction.
Eco-Terrorism Hearings Held in Congress
- Former Earth Liberation Front Spokesman Refuses to Testify Congressional Update - February 13, 2002:
"Effects of Local Ordinances on Forestry"
— Gregory M. DeSylva, from Proceedings of the Third Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA 1998)
In spite of selective harvesting and monitoring logging jobs to see that the environment and private property are protected, this consulting forester found that the forest industry is still "given hell," with lengthy permits with outrageous restrictions, excessive bonding, DEC-approved loggers, no-cut zones, and other problems.
Elderly Texas Man Now Lives in a House Surrounded by a Stagnant, Artificial Moat. Elderly Wife Suing for Divorce.
- Article about Marinus Van Leuzen who was forced to erect a 20-ft. apology billboard for a supposed "wetlands" infraction.
 Elites Only
- Heritage Rivers are for elites only! An article by Carol W. LaGrasse, excerpted from Positions on Property, Vol. 4, No. 1, Nov. 1998.
"Ellenville Thumbs Its Nose at Freedom of Information Law; Activist Landlord Dies"
- Reprinted from N.Y. Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 8, No. 4 (PRFA, Fall 2004)
"Eminent Domain & Land Regulation Should Be
Reined In"
By Carol W. LaGrasse, President Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., December 2010
Full report on Fourteenth Annual National Conference on Property Rights, Lake George, New York, October 23, 2010. The report features Willets Point United, representing a section of Queens where the future of 250 businesses employing thousands of people is jeopardized by New York City's plan to condemn the entire section at the foot of Flushing Bay to develop hotels and conference center, and the Five Year Update on Kelo by Michael Cristofaro, whose family were co-plaintiffs, the only holdouts in New London with Susette Kelo.
"Eminent Domain - Current Status, Future Directions
- James E. Morgan, Speech, Sixth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, November 16, 2002)
Government is misusing eminent domain to transfer property in so-called "blighted" downtown neighborhoods to developers. At the same time, where New York's eminent domain rules would be the fair answer, Long Island Pine Barrens properties are zoned for zero use, but receive no compensation.
"Eminent Domain for Private "Gain"
- By Dana Berliner, Keynote Address, Seventh Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, October 18, 2003)
Eminent Domain is being widely abused to benefit private parties. New York is the worst state in the country for abusing the power of eminent domain. Where the courts are hostile, creative citizen activists defeat eminent domain.

Eminent Domain - National

- Index page of information about eminent domain on the national front.

Eminent Domain - New York

- Index page of information about eminent domain in New York State.
"The Eminent Domain Ombudsman Act is Reintroduced in the Assembly"
- News Brief, PRFA, January 2007
"Eminent Domain Reform"
- By Jim Malatras, Legislative Director, Office of Assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky, New York State Assembly; Speech to the Eighth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 23, 2004)
People across the ideological spectrum have joined Mr. Brodsky to successfully reform New York's eminent domain law, requiring notification of individual property owners. More reform lies ahead.
"Eminent Domain Reform Needed After Kelo v. New London"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, President, PRFA. Testimony before the New York State Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business, Senate Committee on Local Government
Legislative Office Building, Albany, N.Y. , October 18, 2005
"Eminent Domain Reforms at Every Level"
- By Steven D. Anderson, Castle Coalition, Institute for Justice, Speech to the Ninth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 22, 2005)
The majority's point in Kelo v. New London that it must defer to a state deliberative body on the meaning of the Constitution borders on lunacy. Its point that state laws requiring some type of plan protect property owners from an overreaching government confirms the Court's detachment from reality.
"Eminent Domain — Testimony before New York State Judiciary Committee"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, Albany, New York, April 3, 2006
The security of the property owner will only be restored if the intended use of the property subject to eminent domain is restricted to true public uses, not be defining the quality of the neighborhood that can be condemned. In addition, to level the playing field, enactment of law to create an office of eminent domain ombudsman is paramount.
The End of the Long March
- Environmentalism's Iron Grip.
"The Endangered Species Act—A National Policy of Modernization to Protect Private Property Rights"
-By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA Background Brief, February 2005)
Modernization of the 1973 Endangered Species Act to use sound science and protect private property rights should include a national habitat protection plan, DNA criteria for species listings, a property rights ombudsman, regulatory takings compensation modeled after Oregon Measure 37, voluntary reserves, private competition, federal supersession, and judicial reform.
Endangered Species Act is racketeering
- reprinted from The Leader - Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, by Don Fife.

Endangered Species - National

- Index page of information about how endangered species and wildlife infringe on property rights nationally.

Endangered Species - New York

- Index page of information about how endangered species infringe on property rights in New York State.
"Endangered Species Act Victims"
- By Mark Bragg, The Broadcast Group, Washington, D.C., Speech to the Ninth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 22, 2005)
After surmounting years of obstruction by the Sierra Club and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of his proposed golf resort in Palm Springs, California, Mr. Bragg founded Victims of the Endangered Species Act to publicize the stories of people who have been hurt by the law. 
"Energy Issue Requires a Rational Approach"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (Letter to the Editor, Published in The Post-Star, Glens Falls, N.Y., November 13, 2008)
Today, the energy issue urgently demands a rational approach to forest management. The time has come for the legislature to revisit the State Constitution's "forever wild" clause, which forbids timber harvesting on 3 million acres of state-owned land in the Adirondack Forest Preserve, plus forest preserve lands in the Catskills.

 Energy Production and Distribution Obstruction - Natl

- Index page of information about the obstruction of energy production and distribution on the national scene.

 Energy Production and Distribution Obstruction in New York

- Index page of information about the obstruction of energy production and distribution in New York State.
The Enormous National Park System
- A Listing of Areas Officially Owned and Administered by the National Park System.
"Entering the Lake Champlain Watershed"
- By Susan Allen (PRFA, May 2005)
During late spring 2004, large highway signs suddenly appeared that declared, "Entering Lake Champlain Watershed" and "Entering Hudson River Watershed." The federally and state funded Lake Champlain Basin Program, which already has precipitated the regulatory scenic byway and many other programs, had spawned the Champlain Watershed Improvement Coalition of New York, which had the DOT place the signs. All of the signs disappeared late in the summer!
 Environmental Bounty Hunting
- By Michael S. Greve, Ph.D. from Proceedings of the Second Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, 1996).

Environmental Groups

- Index of information about environmental organizations and their impact on private property rights.
Environmental Hysteria Can Kill
- by Don Fife.
Environmental Justice in New York State
- Statement to the DEC Environmental Justice Advisory Group, July 12, 2000, Albany, N.Y. by Carol W. LaGrasse.
Environmental Pac Man
- How the Finger Lakes National Forest Becomes the "Core Area" to re-wild the Countryside.


- Index of information about the Environmental Rights Constitutional Amendment.
"The Environmental Trust Bankruptcy"
- by Darrel Beck (Reprinted by permission from newsletter of Citizens for Private Property Rights, Santa Ysabel, California, Sept. 2005)
The San Diego-based land trust called The Environmental Trust filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy last spring, leaving behind debt exceeding #13 million, many unrecorded conservation easements, incompletely deposited endowment funds, and inadequate financial ability to protect "critical habitat" on lands it was obligated to manage.
"Environmentalism and Its Consequences"
- By Bonner R. Cohen, Senior Fellow, The National Center for Public Policy Research, Washington, D.C., Tenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 14, 2006)
In the world of environmentalism, human beings who live in rural areas are creatures that disturb the environment. But there is no such thing as the balance of nature, because nature is always changing. To get big money, the environmentalists tapped into the foundations, which are instruments of capitalism, radically transforming them over the past two or three decades. American environmental groups receive $9.6 million daily in donations.
"The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor - Worth Commenting"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (Reprinted from the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Winter 2004)
The 524-mile long National Park Service Corridor is designed to displace the current culture and population. It extends from Buffalo to Albany, then to Lake Champlain, and includes the Cayuga-Seneca and Oswego Canal regions, totaling 1,834 sq. mi. Eminent domain is being used to acquire the Erie Canalway Trail. Development rights for the entire canal were sold to one investor for only $30,000. The Park Service does expensive public relations but is short on real information.
"Essex County Judge Saves Old Road Through Forest Preserve"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA, April 27, 2005
Overturning the conviction of James McCulley for driving his snowmobile on Old Mountain Road in the Adirondack Forest Preserve in the North Elba, Judge Andrew Halloran ruled that the road, established by the Legislature in 1810, could not be closed by the Department of Environmental Conservation's regulations.
European Union Institutes Dawn Raids
"Powerless" EU's Warrantless Searches Can Lead to Heavy Fines. Where is the Fundamental Right to Privacy going under the European Union? March 2002.
Events with Impact
- Creating Powerful Local and Regional Events With Little Resources, Planning for Influential Large Meetings, Rallies, and Fund-raisers. By Carol W. LaGrasse, 2002.
"The Exercise of Eminent Domain in New York State"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, President, PRFA, Testimony before Assembly Committees on Judiciary; Corporations, Authorities and Commissions; Local Government; and Governmental Operations (Legislative Office Building, Albany, N.Y., November 1, 2005
Justice demands fundamental reform to New York's eminent domain law to prohibit the use of eminent domain to take property to transfer it to another private owner. In addition, New York's eminent domain law should be reformed to stop the use of eminent domain by unelected quasi-governmental authorities. To level the playing field, an eminent domain ombudsman should be established.
 Existing and Tentative
U.N. World Heritage Sites in the United States
- A chart of United Nations World Heritage Sites in the United States.
"Existing National Heritage Areas and Areas Under Federal Study"
Complete List - June 1997 (PRFA, June 1997)
Experts Call for Respect for Private Property Rights
- Information about the Second Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights.

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