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

Tactical Advice for Car Owners and Land Owners
- Speech by Jack Down, Ph.D. from Proceedings of the Third Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (1998).
"Take Your Stand—Facing Another Attempt to Foreclose the Future of the Adirondacks: Comments on DEC's Draft ATV Policy for the Forest Preserve"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA, May 2, 2005
The DEC plans to prohibit ATV use on all the town roads in the Adirondack Forest Preserve that the agency has illegally blocked from motor vehicle access by hunters, seniors, disabled, and all people who are not athletic. DEC forces town roads to go back to nature, becoming impassable, claiming that they are "trails," hurting the economy and forcing people out of the Adirondacks.
Tannersville, New York - House Resources Committee Field Hearing on H.R.901
- New York Local elected officials, property rights and labor leaders decry secrecy and endorse Congressional scrutiny of U.N. land designations, Property Rights Report (May 1997).
"Tax Base Eroded by Shifting Court Sentiment"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (Originally printed in the August 17, 1992 Capital District Business Review, Albany, N.Y.)
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Lucas case is a bellwether indicator of the direction that land use regulations and environmental controls affecting property are taking. That direction will be to dig deep into the public pocketbook to pay for the cost of the controls to individual owners.
"Tell Your Story"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (Property Rights Foundation of America Research Form, February 2008)
Have you been snared by local officials after you made an application for a site plan, subdivision, or building permit? Did they add new regulations that weren't in place when you submitted your application? Please tell your story on this form, which will help illustrate the failure of the current land use and environmental review law, and may help change the law.
Terrorism - The New Excuse to Deny a Freedom of Information Law Request
1. Reply from Marilyn Shanahan, NYC DEP, to Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA., November 1, 2002.
2. FOIL request from Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA, to Marilyn Shanahan, NYC DEP, Office of Water Supply Lands, October 21, 2002
- The New York City Department of Environmental Protection lands bureau denied PRFA's request for records of newly issued or imposed revocable access permits for private landowners who must pass through City-owned lands to reach their property in the New York City watershed.
"Testimony of Bonner R. Cohen, Ph.D. before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests, The Highlands Conservation Act, 366 Senate Dirksen Office Building,
March 24, 2004"
If the Highlands Conservation Act (H.R. 1964) is enacted, it will be
harmful for the people in the highlands and their environment.
Testimony, May 5, 1997
- By Carol W. LaGrasse regarding UNESCO Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Reserve. Submitted to the Committee on Resources of the United States House of Representatives.
Testimony, May 26, 1999
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, regarding Biosphere Reserves. Submitted to the Subcommittee on Forests and Public Land Management of the United States Senate.
Testimony, May 26, 1999
- By Steven C. Borell, P.E., Alaska Miners Association, Inc., before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Forests and Public Land Management of the Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, re. S. 510, the American Land Sovereignty Protection Act.
"Testimony by Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., Before the Committee on Natural Resources , U.S. House of Representatives, in Opposition to H.R. 4003, Hudson River Valley Special Resource Study Act, January 21, 2010"
The twelve-county study area on both sides of the Hudson mimics the bounds of the Hudson River National Heritage Area. Potential National Park status will be studied. The negative jurisdictional impact of National Park status for much of an area of this magnitude would be monumental.
Testimony, June 13, 1995
- Testimony of Carol W. LaGrasse before the U. S. House of Representatives Committee on Resources June 13, 1995. "How Federal Laws and Regulations Affect the Value of Privately Owned Property."
Testimony, July 28, 1994
- Testimony of Carol W. LaGrasse before the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands of the House Natural Resources Committee, In Opposition to the Hudson River Valley American Heritage Area (HR-4720).
Testimony March 30, 2004
- Testimony by Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, before the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Resources, Subcommittee on Forests and Lands, March 30, 2004
Testimony, October 6, 2000
- Testimony of Victoria Pozsgai-Khoury before the House Committee on Government Reform.
Testimony, September 24, 1997 (Written) 
- By Carol W. LaGrasse regarding American Heritage Rivers program. Submitted to the Subcommittee on Resources of the United States House of Representatives.
Testimony, September 24, 1997 (Oral) 
- By Carol W. LaGrasse regarding American Heritage Rivers program. Submitted to the Subcommittee on Resources of the United States House of Representatives.
Testimony of Bernard R. Miller
- Testimony of Bernard R. Miller, Director of the Essex County Real Property Tax Services Agency, at a Public Hearing of the Senate Committee on Local Government and the Senate Committee on Housing Construction & Community Development held in Lake Placid, New York on March 13, 2003.
Testimony of F. Patricia Callahan, President and Founder American Association of Small Property Owners
- On June 20, 2001, in opposition to H.R.701, the Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA).
The Nature Conservancy and USDA Forest Service Join Forces on Innovative
Conservation Partnership
- Conservancy and Forest Service to Expand Projects Aimed at Habitat and Watershed Restoration, Fire Management, and Combating Invasive Species, Press Release, Washington, D.C. - November 16, 2001.
The Nature Conservancy's "No Fishing" policy Letter
- Letter from Brenda Hunt, Land Steward, TNC Eastern New York Chapter, to Brian Gilbert, August 4, 1992.
The Power Broker — Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro. Book Review
- by Susan Allen, Editor and Publisher of the Adirondack Park Agency Reporter (PRFA, February 2004)
Surveying all from above, Robert Moses wielded eminent domain to achieve his grand plans, wiping out New York neighborhoods in his way. He invented the modern "power authority," with its legacy of "public benefit corporations" having the force of government but virtually immune from citizen supervision.
They've Got a Little List
-An original poem by Susan Allen, inspired by The Mikado, characterizing the DEC's list of land to purchase in the Adirondacks.
Things We Have Learned
- By the Friends of Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower.
Third Annual Conference Draws Large Crowd - Theme is "Real People - Their Property Under Attack"
- Press Release, October 13, 1998.
This is America 1994
- How Environmentalism is Being Used as a Tool to Instill Terror into American Citizens by Carol W. LaGrasse
Three Gorges Probe - Eradicating Shangri-La
Three Gorges Probe - Eradicating Shangri-La
Tourism Not Welcome
- Case Study: Hanalei American Heritage River, Hawaii, by Carol W. LaGrasse, from Positions on Property, Vol. 4, No. 1, Nov. 1998.
"The Tourism Trap"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, reprinted from the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 8, No. 3 (Summer 2004)
Tourism is touted as the economic drive for rural areas such as the North Country, but it has compelling disadvantages for a sustained future.
"Town-Imposed Conservation Easement is an 'Exaction' but not a 'Taking' "
— By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, January 2003)
Justice Robert J. Lunn of Monroe County Supreme Court ruled on January 16, 2002 that a "Conservation Restriction" to be filed like a deed, imposed by the Town of Mendon on property of Paul Smith was a "negative easement" and an "exaction," but did not grant compensation for an unconstitutional taking. Attorney James E. Morgan announced that Smith will appeal.
Town of Altamont Vetoes State Purchase of Forest land
- 1999 Lawsuit Against DEC Acquisition of Champion International Lands Sparks Reform, By Carol W. LaGrasse.
"Tragic Death on Adirondack Northway Focuses Attention on Environmentalist Obstruction of Cell Phone Coverage"
- News Brief, PRFA, March 2007

 Trails - National

- Index page of information about Rail Trails, Canalway Trails and Snowmobile Trails nationally.

Trails - New York

- Index page of information about Rail Trails, Canalway Trails and Snowmobile Trails in New York

 Tribal Issues - National

- Index page of information about Tribal Issues.
"The Truth About Environmentalism"
- Book Review by Nathaniel R. Dickinson, PRFA, August 2006
The Green WaveEnvironmentalism and Its Consequences, by Bonner Cohen, Capitol Research Center, 2006
Environmentalists have a stranglehold and, if things continue the way they are going, they will prevail and destroy traditional society.
"Turning the Tables-Defamation Suit Defeats Environmental Group"
- By James K. Chilton, Jr., Chilton Ranch & Cattle Co., Arivaca, Arizona, Tenth annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, NY, October 14, 2006)
James Chilton won a ruling in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that his ranch could not be regulated under NEPA because of potential habitat when the species under consideration was not present. Afterwards, Mr. Chilton successfully brought a defamation suit against the Center for Biological Diversity for their publication of photos to maliciously misrepresent conditions on his ranch.
"Turning the Tables-'Good Guys' Using Environmental Law"
- By Kathleen Benedetto, National Wilderness Institute, Washington, D.C., Speech at the Sixth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, November 16, 2002)
Federal agencies fail to abide by environmental law that everybody else has to adhere to. NWI's Endangered Species Act lawsuit complains that the EPA and other federal agencies are failing to protect the bald eagle and the short-nosed sturgeon during construction of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge over the Potomac. Their Clean Water Act lawsuit charges that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allows the Washington Aqueduct to discharge 200,000 tons sludge annually into the Potomac.
Twelfth Annual Property Rights Conference Unmasks Zoning
- An article describing PRFA's Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights.

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