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"Tragic Death on Adirondack Northway Focuses Attention on Environmentalist Obstruction of Cell Phone Coverage" - News Brief, PRFA, March 2007

"Statement by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association & Public Lands Council on Livestock Grazing on Public Lands - Submitted to the Subcommittee on Forest and Forest Health, The Honorable Greg Waldren, Chairman, of the House Committee on Resources, The Honorable Richard Pombo, Chairman - By Mr. Jim Chilton, April 13, 2005"
Describing the lawsuit assaults by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Forest Guardians to enjoin cattle grazing on the Chilton's federal grazing allotments, Jim Chilton lays bare the way that radical preservationists have hijacked the failed Endangered Species Act for purposes that Congress did not intend.

"National Wildlife Federation Admits Piracy and Pays $350,000 For Copyright Infringement" News Release - March 2, 2005
The National Wildlife Federation has admitted to pirating the copyrighted work, The First Forest, by children's book author John Gile and has paid $350,000.00 to terminate civil copyright litigation in Federal Court.

March 2001:
"Earth Liberation Front is now FBI's No. 1 Domestic Terrorist Threat—Mainstream media finally pick up on the concern of ecoterrorism"

February 2001:
"Unions Use Environmental Lawsuits to Extort Labor Agreements—Power Plants in California Delayed"

 See Also
See Also

Land Trusts


Additional Helpful Organizations
Additional Helpful

The Center for Defense of Free Enterprise
Ron Arnold, Exec. Vice Pres.
(See books below)

Additional Resources

Fur Commission USA
Teresa Platt, Executive Director
For information about ALF/ELF see "Safe Farms" in their "Presskit" at


Center for Defense of Free Enterprise
Update on Undue Influence
(see books below)

About Rainforest Action Network

For IRS filings of not-for-profit environmental organizations

EPA's Smart Growth Funding Resource Guide
The bulk of the funding is from federal and state programs. The EPA posting provides information on the 57,000 foundations, corporate givers and grantmaking public charities that offer over 246 grants and maintain over 1,900 grantmaker web sites.
Also provides link to Funders Network for Smart Growth and livable Communities.

Essential Books & Publications
Essential Books
& Publications

Ron Arnold, Undue Influence—Wealthy Foundations, Grant-Driven Environmental Groups, and Zealous Bureaucrats That Control Your Future, (Free Enterprise Press, Bellevue, Washington, 1999) (This book exposes how the giant foundations work together and set the aggressive agendas of the environmental groups to close down rural America. His influential earlier book, EcoTerror, exposed the terrorism of the radical environmental groups.)

Ron Arnold, EcoTerror: The Violent Agenda to Save Nature—The World of the Unabomber (free Enterprise Press, Bellevue, Washington, 1997)

Michael S. Greve and Fred L. Smith, Jr., Environmental Politics: Public Costs, Private Rewards (Praeger, New York, 1992). See especially Chapter 6, "Private Enforcement, Private Rewards: How Environmental Citizen Suits Became an Entitlement Program," by Michael S. Greve.


In-Depth Information

  • Jim Streeter"Land Issues Facing Congress" by Jim Streeter, Staff Director, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. Address to the Sixteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Latham, N.Y. October 20, 2012 (Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.)
    This thought-provoking talk ranged through a number of topics affecting both federal and private land: federal land management and the effect on school systems in the West, invasive species studies without action, National Park concessions, setting bounds on federal authority, laws to define harassment by feds per Supreme Court dissent, collusion and lobbying with federal grants, feds and environmental groups targeting private properties, land adjoining federal land and heritage areas, mis-directing border control funding toward endangered species "damage," common sense in protecting species, defunding sustainable development grants, attacks on Tea party groups who oppose sustainable planning, history of federal lands, choosing language, the property rights movement, court decisions and legislative opportunities, experiences sought for hearings.
  • Jigs Gardner"Greenism: Strategy, Roots, Consequences" - By Jigs Gardner, Farmer and Writer, Essex, New York. Address to the Sixteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights, Latham, N.Y., October 20, 2012 (Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.)
    The redefinition of the word "environment" by the Greens has made our environment sacred and used it as a moral bludgeon. We must go beyond the issue of jobs and attack the Greens on the basis that they want to stop any activity to use our natural resources to increase our prosperity and improve our lives. Greenism is by its intent impoverishing. Green ideologues believe in the goodness of nature and that humans and their civilization are a curse.
  • Brief Review
    Cool It, The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming, by Bjorn Lomborg (Alfred A. Knopf, NY, 2008)
    "A Book that Leads Nowhere," Brief Essay by Jigs Gardner, March 22, 2011
  • Carol W. LaGrasseAdirondack Council Displayed Its Real Character - Letter to the Editor, By Carol W. LaGrasse, Published in The Post-Star, Glens Falls, N.Y.
    The Adirondack Council displayed its real character with its mean-spirited attack on the APA Local Government Review Board when they passed a resolution against the State of New York acquiring 60,000 acres of sustainably harvested timber land formerly owned by Finch, Pruyn Co. of Glens Falls.
  • "Statement in Opposition to Issuance of Tax-exempt Bonds to Finance The Nature Conservancy Acquisition of the former Finch, Pruyn & Co. Lands" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., December 2, 2008 (Public Hearing held by the Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority, City of Glens Falls, N.Y.)
    The proposed issuance of $45 million in tax exempt bonds by the Colorado authority to refinance The Nature Conservancy's borrowing to acquire the 160,540 acres of Finch, Pruyn & Co. lands in the Adirondack "Park" should be disapproved by the IRS because the transfer of this acreage in fee simple and perpetual conservation easements will foreclose forever the development of these lands, further desiccating the economy and future of the communities. About 100 square miles of the tract, the finest timber producing land, would be transmitted in fee simple to become part of the "forever wild" Forest Preserve, where logging would be prohibited.
  • Peter J. LaGrasse"Comments on Granting The Nature Conservancy Tax-exempt Loan to Pay for the Purchase of Finch Pruyn land in the Adirondacks, New York State" - By Peter J. LaGrasse, Chairman, Stony Creek Board of Assessors, December 2, 2008 (Public Hearing held by the Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority, City of Glens Falls, N.Y.)
    Using the example of the eradication of development potential in a selected section of Stony Creek by TNC's planned sale to the State of New York of either conservation easements or fee simple title, the chairman of the board of assessors of the Town of Stony Creek explains his opposition to the grant of the tax-exempt bonding bailout of The Nature Conservancy to reduce its cost of borrowing to acquire the former Finch Pruyn lands.
  • John Maye Personal Statement Against Tax-exempt Bonds for The Nature Conservancy - Transcript from public hearing held by the Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority at City Hall, Glens Falls, N.Y., December 2, 2008
    After John Maye and his wife moved into their camp, The Nature Conservancy approached the couple several times to sell their property, but they weren't interested. "The Nature Conservancy was aware of the conjured up violations by APA and DEC to force the sale of my property…March 28, 2008 my total maximum penalty was $2,962,000…" The enforcement penalty was dropped after four years, but the toll on his health remains great.
  • Howard AubinLetter in Opposition to Tax-exempt Bonds for The Nature Conservancy to Acquire Land in the Adirondacks - By Howard Aubin, Councilman, Town of Black Brook, N.Y., E-mail to Frederic H. Marienthal, Attorney for Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority, November 25, 2008
    Requirements of IRS Code Sec. 147 for local government approval have not been met. In addition, The Nature Conservancy contacted an elderly couple this summer to buy their property and when the couple refused to sell, the Adirondack Park Agency threatened the couple with a $2.962 million fine. "Giving such a bond to the Nature Conservancy only helps them to terrorize more people within the Adirondacks."
  • "Colorado Tax-Exempt Bonds for TNC's New York Land-Grab" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA, November 2008
    The Nature Conservancy is looking to the Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority to rescue it from the level of interest payments it is experiencing on $45 million that it borrowed to acquire 160,540 acres of forestland in the Adirondacks from paper manufacturer Finch, Pruyn and Co. to flip to the state as "Forever wild" Forest Preserve and conservation easements.
  • John Berlau"The Craze of Environmental Irrationality" - By John Berlau, Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.; Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    Environmentalism is dominated by disdain for human life, grounded in Rachel Carson's vilification of DDT and thus arguably causing more deaths from malaria and other insect-borne diseases than from any other cause during the twentieth century. A recent local example of this disdain for human life was the death of Alfred Langner from exposure while trapped in his car for 2 days after an auto accident, unable to reach help because his cell phone had no reception on the Interstate Northway because environmentalists banned cell towers.
  • Thomas J. Borelli"Invest for Freedom-To Stop the Use of Capitalism Against Capitalism" - By Thomas J. Borelli, Ph.D., Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager, Free Enterprise Action Fund, Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    Environmental organizations are harnessing major corporations like Pepsico, Caterpillar, General Electric and JP Morgan Chase against their own corporate interests and capitalism itself to promote universal government government-funded health care and an economy centered on global warming-based regulation. Acting as a shareholder activist, the Free Enterprise Action Fund successfully sought a stockholder proxy at JP Morgan Chase against their support for global warming regulation.
  • Nate Dickinson"The Dangerous Craze of Environmental Irrationality" - Book Review by Nathaniel R. Dickinson (PRFA, Mar. 27, 2007)
    Eco-Freaks: Environmentalism is Hazardous to Your Health, By John Berlau, (Nelson Current, 2006)
    The Greens constantly play on the emotions of gullible people to promote their agenda. But the thing to fear is not human activity, but the focus by the Greens on restoring the planet to untrammeled nature, a focus whereby they obstruct worthwhile and life-saving progress.
  • "Understanding Greenism" - By Jigs Gardner (PRFA, March 2007)
    Environmentalism should be disassociated from Greenism, considering that Greenism is the enemy of environmentalism. Greenism opposes the evolutionary history of human environmentalism and obstructs efforts at pollution control and progress by creating false problems and promoting absurd, but self-righteous visions of a return to pre-civilized society.
  • James K. Chilton, Jr."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.
  • Bonner R. Cohen"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 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.
  • "Statement in Support of Legislation to Reform Laws Governing Tax Exempt Properties" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, March 13, 2003)
    Statement at Public Hearing of the N.Y. State Senate Committee on Local Government and Committee on Housing, Construction, and Community Development, at Lake Placid, N.Y. Discusses the tax shift to ordinary property owners caused by the exemption of non-profit organizations with often large land holdings
  • Adirondack Organizations
    This directory of Adirondack organizations and government agencies contains material selected to be helpful in knowing the current, and perhaps future, areas of action of organizations with interests related to land issues in the Adirondacks and their true positions.
  • "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."
  • "Is the Sierra Club Believable?" — By Nate Dickinson, Wildlife Biologist (PRFA, September 21, 2002)
    The Sierra Club's radical fund-raising letter misaccuses commercial logging of creating desolate moonscapes. On the other hand, the club fails to note the pivotal role that extreme wilderness policies played in the intensity of recent forest fires.The law established National Forests in 1890 to guarantee a future supply of timber, not to provide wilderness areas for the enjoyment of Sierra Clubbers.  
  • A Trio of Articles on Wildlands and Conservation Easements
    • "Pew took a public misstep" - by Carol W. LaGrasse, "President's Corner," Agri-News, May 25, 2001
      A refutation of the denials by Pew Charitable Trust of its connection to the radical Wildlands Project and of the connection of conservation easements to The Wildlands Project.
    • "Innuendo and misstatement..." - Letter to the editor by the Pew Charitable Trusts' Director of Environmental Programs, Joshua Reichert, which was published in Agri-News, May 11, 2001.
      Attacks the reprint of the John Elvin article asserting the connection between wildlands and conservation easements.
    • "Wildlands and Conservation Easements-The Connection Between 'Em"
      A brief summary of a reprinted version in Agri-News, April 13, 2001, of an article by columnist John Elvin in Insight magazine.
  • The front of the Hill Dairy Farm."Preservation Group Straps Massachusetts Farm Couple" — By Carol W. LaGrasse (Reprinted from the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Spring-Summer 1997, PRFA)
    Bankruptcy court appeal may be the final chapter for Marie and Joseph Hill, an elderly couple who are being evicted from their scenic dairy farm in South Dartmouth on Buzzard's Bay, after losing a battle with a local preservation group, FORM.
    Hill Farm Photo Gallery
  • Michael S. Greve, Ph. D."Environmental Bounty Hunting" - by Michael S. Greve, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Individual Rights, Washington, DC, from Proceedings of the Second Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, 1996). (Dr. Greve is now at American Enterprise Institute.)

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