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An alphabetical listing of articles and information relating to
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"Oil and Gas Producers in Allegheny National Forest Win Preliminary Injunction"
- Reprinted from New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 14, No. 1 (PRFA, Winter 2010)
 "The Once-Illustrious National Wildlife Federation"
- by Nate Dickinson, Wildlife Biologist (PRFA, Aug. 14, 2002)
Weighty drivel stokes the fire of grassroots environmentalism. A review of the June/July 2002 issue of National Wildlife.
One-Two Punch
- Long Island Pine Barrens Owners Sue in Both State and Federal Courts.
One Vermonter's 21 Year Courtroom Odyssey
- For twenty-one years the State of Vermont, the Federal government, and the city of Burlington have put Paul Preseault through a judicial wringer.
- by John McClaughry
"Open Range, Fact or Fiction"
- By Jack W. Herzberg (Used by permission, copyright 2004 Jack W. Herzberg)
The U.S. Forest Service does not respect the property rights of inholders. Instead, the agency allows cattle and sheep graziers to permit their livestock to graze in unfenced, posted fields. The law requires that livestock owners have a duty of ordinary care to prevent the trespass of their livestock on posted lands, whether fenced or not.
"Open Range Warfare — The 2003 Version"
- By Ron Zumbrun (Reprinted by permission, from The Daily Recorder, City of Sacramento, October 13, 2003)
Plumus County, California adopted an open range ordinance, forcing property owners to allow cattle grazing. Jack and Millie Herzberg are suing for trespass and illegal rent control. They want full compensation and liability insurance.
Open Space Institute Pledges $12 Million to Rescue Land Trusts
- First Grants are for The Nature Conservancy in the Adirondacks and Trust for Public Land in New Hampshire. Posted January 2002.
"Open Space Plan Announces Another Feeding Frenzy on Private Property"
-By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, February 2006)
DEC's 2005 Draft Open Space Conservation Plan is based on unjust treatment of rural New Yorkers, insider relationships with land trusts, and violation of environmental law. The plan should be revamped and reissued in draft form to comply with environmental law, revealing government land ownership and protection inventories for each political subdivision and with the full extent of the ultimate acquisition plan divulged for the state and each political subdivision.
 Open Space Plan Public Comment Time Extension Denied
- Letter from Susan Allen, Editor & Publisher, Adirondack Park Agency Reporter, to Francis Sheehan, N.Y. State Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Open Space Plan Reveals the Same Old Illegalities
Press Release
- DEC Fails to Reveal Full Extent and Impact of its Land Acquisition Plans - Press Release , November 13, 2001, by Carol W. LaGrasse
"Open Space Plan Reveals the Same Old Illegalities
Final Comments
- DEC Fails to Reveal Full Extent and Impact of its Land Acquisition Plans, Final Comments - By Carol W. LaGrasse, Draft New York State 2001 Open Space Conservation Plan, November 28, 2001
"Oppose Another Federal Land Grab —Vote 'No' On the American Heritage Areas Partnership Program"
- By Gerald B. Solomon, Member of Congress (September 19, 1994)
The successful "Dear Colleague" letter from Jerry Solomon urging Members of the House of Representatives to vote against the American Heritage Area generic program. "Secretary Babbitt has made it clear that funding for the heritage areas will be conditioned on adoption of land use regulations acceptable to the federal government."

"Oppose DEC ATV Plan!"

- by Don Sage, Adirondack Council Life Member, April 28, 2005
This DEC plan to block ATV's from the Adirondacks is based on lies. ATV riding has been formally allowed for decades. Hikers are the most destructive users in the forest preserve. Since 1986, over $6 million has been taken from ATV fees, but there is nowhere to ride on state-owned land. DEC illegally closed 300 town roads in the forest preserve. These and 1,000 miles of trails should be reopened with an interconnecting trail system for all types of recreation.
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Oregon Measure 37
- Takings compensation and relief from land use regulation -
Enacted by Oregon's voters in a statewide referendum on November 2, 2004
"Oregon Supreme Court Upholds Regulatory Takings Compensation Law"
- Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA Update, February 21, 2006
"Oregon Voters Approve Measure to Pay for Regulatory Takings"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, November 2004)
In a victory for private property rights, "takings" compensation received 60% of the vote in an Oregon referendum. The law, passed in a traditionally liberal state, could start a national movement.
Oregon Voters Protect Property Rights, Approve the Most Sweeping Compensation Measure in the Nation
- News Brief - November 2000.
"Organize Your Thoughts"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (Property Rights Foundation of America® Position Brief, May 2008)
When people are beset with difficulties, they often refuse to set down exactly what is happening to them so that they can logically convey the situation to a potential source of help. The defense of private property rights has a much greater chance when people apply themselves to understanding and conveying their situation. Six rules for clear communication are illustrated in this discussion of local siting of a wind farm and electric transmission system.
Organizing Against Excessive Zoning
- Speech by Thomas A. Miller from Proceedings of the Third Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (1998).
"Organizing Successfully Against the Sacandaga Reservoir Regulating District"
-By Guy Poulin, Speech to the Ninth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 22, 2005)
Guy Poulin, a resident of Northville in Saratoga County, rallied the shoreline owners on the Great Sacandaga Lake when the Hudson River Black River Regulating District Commission obscurely announced that the access permit fees would go sky high. His researched the law controlling the fees, exposed the new scheme, which was illegal, and aroused the property owners to action.
- A helpful list of other organizations involved with property rights.
"Our Hike on the Threatened Road to Whitehouse-A Photo Story, April 11, 2006"
- by Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, June 2006)
In order to enlarge the Silver Lake Wilderness, the State Department of Environmental Conservation proposes to deliberately destroy the West River Road, a town highway leading to the historic site of Whitehouse on the West Branch of the Sacandaga River in Wells, N.Y. Two fine steel suspension footbridges will be deliberately allowed to deteriorate, locally cherished old stone chimneys at the ghost town will be lost, and large, active campsites enjoyed since at least 1962, when the State acquired the land, will be deliberately destroyed. Access to a nineteenth century cemetery will be cut off.
"Our Inalienable Heritage"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, Welcome Address, Seventh Annual N.Y. Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Oct. 18, 2003)
Taking a look at the ways our rights are being eroded and setting history back on a path toward justice. Countervailing the soft-sell, long-term approach of moneyed interests - conservation easements, scenic byways, heritage areas, trails - the high-sounding tools of landscape preservation.
Our Most Popular Pages
- A short list of our most frequently visited pages.
"Our Stolen Legacy: The Betrayal of the Declaration of Independence for the Cause of Landscape Preservation"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, President, PRFA, July 5, 2007
Government from distant places, fatiguing the people into compliance; a multitude of new offices and swarms of officers to harass the peopleA government far from the vision of justice based on all men being created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Landscape preservation from the regional, state, federal and international level takes precedence, eradicating freedom.
"Out-foxing the Foxes"
- By Nathaniel R. Dickinson (PRFA, May 4, 2006)
A "rather universal human tolerance for the wild kingdom, fueled by the radical environmental movement," has generated such unwelcome neighbors as foxes in Britain's cities, aggressive bear in New Jersey suburbs, and uncontrolled deer populations causing millions of damage to agricultural crops and motor vehicles, including human fatalities.
 "Overlapping Jurisdictions Requiring Permits in New York State"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, June 4, 2003
When applying for a local building permit, property owners are unaware of the multiplicity of local, state, and federal agencies potentially having jurisdiction. The tentative list of over 30 agencies in "Overlapping Jurisdictions" shows the urgent need for a State clearinghouse to provide applicants with an official list of potentially jurisdictional agencies.
An Overview of National Zoning and Property Rights
- Speech by R. J. Smith from Proceedings of the First Annual N. Y. Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, 1995).
An Overview—The Brave, Hopeful Watershed Settlement
- by Carol W. LaGrasse, New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 2, No. 3 (PRFA, Oct. 1995).

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