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

A Wake-Up Call—Organizing for Success
National leaders and experts reveal essentials about reaching your representative, exposing government to the light of day, effective media work, web outreach, cable television, the successful newsletter, keeping a group together, building coalitions, and fund-raising—all in the context of defending freedom.
The Wall of Cars
- "Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder" - Ancient Greek Proverb. Junkyard Owner Builds Unique Fence to Comply with Town Order.
By Carol W. LaGrasse, May 2002.
"Warriors for Our Time"
- Book review by Nathaniel R. Dickinson, Property Rights Foundation of America, March 2007
Review of Warriors for the West by William Perry Pendley (Regnery Publishing, Inc. 2006)
Perry Pendley, president and chief legal officer of Mountain States Legal Foundation, chronicles the heroic battles of westerners for freedom and land rights in the face of bureaucrats, environmental groups and judges who are destroying the rights to land, the viability of local communities, and freedom itself.
"Washington State 'Wetlands' Ruling Prevents Man from Farming"
- By Peyton Knight, Contributing Writer (PRFA, April 24, 2003)
The wetlands condition that the Corps of Engineers is using to prohibit Jim Starr from farming result from the failure of Pacific County to maintain drainage ditches.
"Washline Regulators"
- Commentary by Carol W. LaGrasse (Reprinted from New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Summer 2002)
Southampton,Long Island, officials passed rules imposing fines and jail sentences if residents hang their wash up to dry in full view.
"Wasting Water"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, November 1, 2003)
New York City apartments are still not metered, and extreme waste results. City taxpayers and upstate property owners should be aroused, considering the cost of handling the water and the one and one-half centuries of hardship imposed on property owners in the Catskill Mountains and Putnam County.

Waterways Issues - New York
- Index page of information about waterways issues in New York State.
Wealthy Land Trusts and DEC Squeeze Fishkill Business Owner
- Private property lies in the path of secret acquisition plans, The "willing seller" lie is illustrated, by Carol W. LaGrasse, New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 4, No. 2 (PRFA Spring-Summer 1997).
The Web - Unlimited Outreach   
- by Ray Kreig, P.E., R. A. Kreig Associates, Anchorage, Alaska; speech delivered at the Fifth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights, Albany, NY (PRFA, 2000)
Ray Kreig advises how his and Ms. Gerhart's web site was organized effectively during 1999-2000 to defeat the Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA).
We Have A Movement—Joining Forces and Reaching Out
- Opening Address by J. Zane Walley, Editor, The Paragon Powerhouse, Paragon Foundation, Lincoln, New Mexico, from the Fifth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, 2000).
"Welcome - Celebrating Private Property Rights"
- Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Sixth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (November 16, 2002, PRFA)
Some people think that we can defend private property rights without standing up for the preservation of private property ownership. From the beginning, PRFA has stood for the preservation of private property ownership.
"Western States Directions to Regain Land-Use Sovereignty"
"Western States Directions to Regain Land-Use Sovereignty" By Tom Rawles, Chairman, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Phoenix, Arizona, Reprinted from Proceedings of the First Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, 1995)
The federal and state governments, and Indian tribes own 87 % of the land in Arizona. State sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment should be implemented. Protections for property rights to implement the Nollan and Dolan decisions, to provide "Takings" compensation, and to do "Takings" assessments of legislation should be passed in each state.
Wetlands Justice Project - New York 
- Index page of information about the Wetlands Justice Project in New York State.
Wetlands, Long Island Pine Barrens Takings
- From a speech by Walter H. Olsen, Sr., Proceedings of the Third Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, 1998).
Mr. Olsen relates his personal experience where his property was trapped by New York State DEC's and the Town of Southampton's wetlands enforcement.

Wetlands Policy - National

- Index page of information about wetlands policy on the national scene.
Wetlands stance commendable
- Letter to the Editor, Peter LaGrasse, The Post Star, Glens Falls, N.Y., December 27, 1999
Peter LaGrasse points out that "wetland designations could well be the most prominent influence on value." He calls for:
  • Separate assessments for wetland
  • Separate appeals of these wetland assessments
  • Small Claims Court jurisdiction over wetland assessments
What Can I Do?
- Protecting Private Property from Overzealous Wetlands Re-Mapping. - (PRFA, 1999)
Important ways citizens can work effectively for wetlands reforms in New York State
"Whither the Endangered Species Act?"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, June 2005)
Industry lobbyists advocated a strategy of "strengthening" and "modernizing" the Endangered Species Act, while avoiding mention of the importance of private property rights. Industry tactics divided the property rights movement, while the grassroots leadership of the movement was kept out of the loop during the drafting of the Pombo bill. The "2005 Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act" does not protect property rights and does not substitute voluntary protection of species for the failed regulatory approach.
"Why the Assault?"
- Book Review By Jigs Gardner (PRFA, June 2008)
Government Pirates: The Assault on Private Property Rights And How We Can Fight It by Don Corace (Harper Collins, 288 pp., $14.95 paper)
"Why Was Olana Jilted?"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, Reprinted from the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 11, No. 4 (PRFA, Fall 2007)
During October 2007, the Office of International Affairs of the National Park Service announced that Olana, the home of Hudson River landscape artist Frederic Church, had been dropped from the list of surviving applications for UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. But the reason given at that late date, that Church was not a world class artist, doesn't jibe, considering that it is common knowledge that Church, although revered in the U.S., is not considered of world significance. In reality, the Park Service backed off because of property rights opposition.
"Wild Cities, Suburb Zoos, and Rural Atrocities"
- By Nathaniel R. Dickinson (PRFA, July 2006
Instead of choosing wildlife policies on the basis of their emotional appeal, management agencies should adopt scientifically sound policies to deal with the frequent and severe conflicts between wildlife and humans.
"Wind Power Meets Zoning"
- By Alan J. Knauf, Esq., Knauf Shaw LLP, Rochester, N.Y.; Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
Across New York and the country in zoning boards, planning boards, and in courts, landowners and developers are fighting town officials, NIMBY 's and somewhat hypocritical environmentalists to utilize wind power, an abundant natural resource in upstate New York. This talk outlines the current status of what's going on with wind power and zoning regulation, particularly in upstate New York. One solution may be legislation to supersede local authority.
"Who's Gonna Pay?"
- By Madeleine Fortin (PRFA, December 14, 2005)
The Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District keep a massive drainage structure closed, flooding neighborhoods and farmland during Hurricane Katrina and other storms, which damages or destroys houses, motor vehicles and farmland, and kills farm animals.
Wildlands and the First Amendment
-Excerpt from "The United States Constitution—The Culmination of Human Rights Law," by Carol W. LaGrasse, from Positions on Property, Vol. 2, No. 4 (PRFA, July 1995).

Wildlands

- Index page of information about and wildlands and wilderness designations on the national scene.
"Willing Seller Willing Buyer - Park Service Version"
- by Bo W. Thott, 1993. (Reprinted by permission of Bo W. Thott, Washington County Alliance, Cutler, Maine)
Private landowners ostensibly selling their properties to the National Park Service are in fact not bona fide sellers but are giving up title to escape the legal expenses of a foredoomed condemnation.
"Wishes and Horses for Africa-The Lethal Chasm Between Wind Energy Hype and Reality"
- By Paul Driessen (January 2005, Used by Permission)
International environmentalists promote costly, ecologically unsound wind energy for developing countries, pressuring banks and energy companies to abandon projects that would create reliable sources of abundant, reliable, affordable electricity and other means to give desperately poor people the basic necessities that wealthy countries take for granted.
Worthless Investments - 222 acres of land in Long Island's Pine Barrens
- Local attorney's letter is a classic critique of the injustice of imposing Transferable Development Rights by Carol W. LaGrasse,
reprinted from New York Property Rights Clearinghouse (Vol. 3., No. 2, April - July 1996).
"Write for Property Rights — Act Now, After Kelo, A Time of Outrage and Opportunity"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, January 2006)
The State Senate hearing at the Capitol left the impression that delaying action on eminent domain could be used to diffuse the outrage over the Kelo v. New London ruling. A revised definition of blight might lull citizens into false security. But Senator DeFrancisco has a bill to restore constitutional limits to eminent domain and he and Assemblyman Brodsky have proposed that condemnation by authorities be approved by elected bodies.
Wrongful Land Trust Involvement in Government
- Chapter 14, The Property Owner's Experience, - by Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA 1998.
"Wyoming Conservation Easement Bill Defeated"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, March 15 2003)
In a victory for private property rights, legislation that would have enacted the Uniform Conservation Easement Act into law in Wyoming was defeated on March 4, the final day of the session, with a Senate tie vote.

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