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An alphabetical listing of articles and information relating to
private property rights issues.

"Hancock Tracts in Adirondacks are Sold Privately"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (Reprinted from N.Y. Property Rights Clearinghouse, Summer 2003)
GMO Renewable Resources Acquires 72,000 Acres in St. Lawrence County for $25.5 Million. Except for Camps on Earlier Conservation Easements, Hunting Club Leases to be Honored.
"Has The Nature Conservancy Run Amok?"
- By Nate Dickinson (PRFA, October 2002)
Wildlife biologist Nate Dickinson tackles bad science, deception, and play on emotions used by the most heavily endowed of the environmental organizations, which is "entering the ranks of the most successful real estate brokers."
"Hawaii Department of Agriculture 'Chirping' Away at Our Property Rights"
- By Sidney Ross Singer, President, Good Shepherd Foundation, Inc., November 8, 2008
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is preparing a rule to declare the beneficial coqui tree frog, which does no harm to plants, a pest that should be controlled for agricultural purposes, apparently because its nocturnal chirping is disagreeable to some people. The rule change will also allow the department to declare other vertebrate species as plant pests.
 Heritage Rivers and Areas - National
- Index page of information about the Heritage Rivers & Areas.

 Heritage Rivers and Areas - New York

- Index page of information about the Heritage Rivers & Areas in New York.
"HCF stands against land pressures"
- Opinion by Carol W. LaGrasse (Reprinted from Register-Star, Hudson, N.Y., March 18, 2008)
The Hudson River Valley is the object of a number of state and national Heritage Area preservation efforts that would limit the economic future of this historic commercial corridor of New York State. In the fact of the threat to close the Hudson Correctional Facility for budgetary purposes, it is important to realize that the important prison on the riverbank stands as a bulwark against the preservationist pressures which the local communities increasingly face.
"High-tech Surveillance & Informants Exploited to Enforce Land-use Regulation — Our Struggle to Raise Public Concern About Privacy and Property Rights"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (Property Rights Foundation of America, March 15, 2005)
New infringements on privacy have arisen under the mantra of environmentalism, zoning, and building regulations. GIS, low-level fly-overs, and space surveillance help enforce radical regulations. Government agencies harness citizen snitches to inform on violators of environmental rules.

 Highways and Rights-of-Way

- Index page of information about highways and rights-of-way.
 A Hike to Lake Lila
- A photo gallery of a hike to Lake Lila, New York.
"A Hike to Little Canada on John's Pond Road"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA, May 1, 2005
Our walk to a small graveyard along an old Indian Lake town road barricaded by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to enlarge the Adirondack Forest Preserve wilderness shocked us with the realization that DEC is eradicating roads, trails, and history.
"Rep. Maurice Hinchey Proposes Hudson Valley National Park Study"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, Property Rights Foundation of America, January 2010
The significance of the mighty Hudson River as the nation's first superhighway after the completion of the Erie Canal that enabled goods to be transported from the Midwest and down the Hudson to the port of New York caused New York City to become the nation's richest city is entirely missed in Hinchey's vague study proposal, which portrays the important facets of the Hudson to the nation as its Native American heritage, the site of Revolutionary War events, the inspiration for the Hudson River school of landscape painting, and the like.
"A History Lesson"
- Book review by Jigs Gardner
Progress and Property Rights: From the Greeks to Magna Carta to the Constitution, Walter F. Todd (American Institute for Economic Research 2009, 98 pp.)
The plain, cogent style of this account of the development in practice of the idea of property rights in the West make this "the book to read."
Highly recommended.

 Historic Preservation - National

- Index page of information about Historic Preservation on the national scene.

 Historic Preservation - New York

- Index page of information about Historic Preservation in New York.
"A History of Government Theft"
- By Sarah Foster, April 2006, Reprinted from Whistleblower by permission of, publisher.
The U.S. Supreme Court's Kelo v. New London ruling was not the beginning of the abuse of eminent domain to destroy communities for private development. It began in Washington, D.C., during the 1950s, where slum clearance was the excuse for cruelly displacing 20,000 residents, mainly families from good homes, others people in scattered poor conditions, who suffered especially, and even died, from the evictions.

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A Horse Tale
- by Kit Shy.
"An Honest, Objective Critique of the Endangered Act"
- By Nathaniel R. Dickinson (PRFA, March 29, 2005)
This analysis of some of the most important language of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, such as the discussion of "critical habitat" and the definition of "endangered species," demonstrates that it needs a major overhaul. Well-educated, totally objective scientists should be called in to re-write the Act and guide its implementation.
"How Subsidized Housing Keeps the Poor Down"
Book review by Carol W. LaGrasse, April 9, 2005
Review of: America's Trillion-Dollar Housing Mistake-The Failure of American Housing Policy By Howard Husock (Ivan R. Dee, Chicago 2003)
- Becoming a Formal Participant and Intervenor in the FERC Dam Relicensing Process.
"How Zoning was Defeated in Wetmore Township"
- Featuring recollections by Andy Rakiecki (Reprinted from New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 6, No. 1, Spring 2002)
Local citizens defending the rural lifestyle in a Pennsylvania town in the area of the Allegheny National Forest used a townwide referendum to get their anti-zoning message across, 399-47.

Hudson River Black River Regulating District

- Index page of information about the Hudson River Black River Regulating District in New York.
"The Human Side of Eminent Domain"
- Book Review by Jigs Gardner
Little Pink House by Jeff Benedict
Reprinted from New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 13, No. 2 (PRFA, Spring 2009)
The story of Susette Kelo, the corruption of the City of New London, and the destruction of a neighborhood for municipal and corporate ambitions, to no purpose, as the neighborhood now stands as an empty wasteland, unprotected by the Supreme Court of the United States.
Hunting Access and Hunting Club Leases Should All Be Saved
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, Reprinted from New York Property Rights Clearinghouse Vol. 13. No. 3 — Summer 2009
"Hunting Camps to be Saved on Champion Conservation Easements"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA, January 2010
Over ten years after Gov. George Pataki announced that all 298 hunting camps on the former Champion International lands would have to be removed, the DEC has issued a revised conservation easement to allow 200 camps on the easement lands to remain in perpetuity. This will continue the long-standing cultural and social tradition of allowing people to enjoy local hunting and fishing clubs in the Adirondack region, according to DEC. The original plan was "a mistake," the lands and forests director said.

Hunting Issues - New York

- Index page of information about Hunting Issues in New York.
Hydroelectric Dams Subject to
FERC Relicensing
1998 - 2010
- list of hydroelectric dams scheduled for relicensing from 1998-2010, including river name and owner of dam.

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