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"Finch, Pruyn & Co. is Sold to Connecticut Holding Company; Soon All 161,000 acres of Timber Land Go to The Nature Conservancy" - News Brief, PRFA, August 2007

January 30, 2003
Letter to the Healthy Forests Initiative

Bush Admin. signs Memorandum of Understanding with The Nature Conservancy to Manage National Forests - Nov. 2001

 See Also
See Also

Champion International Lands and Lawsuit

Conservation Easements

Northern Forest Lands

Preserving Private Lands in Private hands

Government Land Acquisition

Government Land Ownership and Control - National

Additional Helpful Organizations
Additional Helpful

Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.

Associated Industries of Vermont

Forest Landowners
Association, Inc.

National Hardwood Lumber Association

Northeast Regional Forest Foundation

Additional Resources
Additional Resources

The Evergreen Foundation
Published Evergreen Magazine and Technology Perspectives related to forestry issues, supporting wise use of forest resources.

Forest Landowners Association, Inc.
Protecting the rights of private landowners since 1941.


Forest Landowners Association, Inc.
Protecting the rights of private landowners since 1941.

In-Depth Information

  • Chuck Frank"The Color Green: Sheriffs Challenge U.S. Forest Service Road Closings in Northern California," by Charles W. Frank, Journalist, Musician, Builder and Landscaper, Forks, Washington. Address to the Sixteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Latham, N. Y. October 20, 2012 (Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.)
    Northern California sheriffs are now set on stopping the federal government because of its limited land use policies and Forest Service road closures. Because the West is highly forested, roads need to remain open and maintained, not only for public use and recreation, but also for greater access to fight forest fires, which are getting out of control. The sheriffs of northern California are coming to agreement, also, that the underbrush in forested lands needs to be cut away and the thinning of trees needs to be accomplished to prevent massive forest fires which continue to plague the West.
    Resolution #2011- - Board of Supervisors of Apache County, Arizona, Dec. 6. 2011
    Declaring the exclusive authority of Apache County, Arizona over certain roads, rights-of-way and routes of travel within the boundaries of apache county and located on certain lands also managed by the United States Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management
    Resolution - # 2011-14 - Board of Supervisors of Apache County, Arizona, October 18, 2011
    Declaring an emergency in apache County, Arizona due to the Wallow fire, degraded forest conditions, imminent threat from catastrophic fires and extreme drought
  • "Conservation Easements: Letter to a Wisconsin Property Owner"
    - By Carol W. LaGrasse, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., July 31, 2012
    In response to a letter from a Wisconsin property owner about the State of Wisconsin's announced plan to acquire conservation easements on 67,346 forest acres to become the Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest, from Lyme St. Croix Forest Company, this letter gives some broad outlines of areas where the conservation easement acquisition should be given critical scrutiny, and how to obtain useful information.
  • Carol W. LaGrasse"Enormous Wilderness Corridors Masquerading as Land Management Refinements" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, Reprinted from New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 15, No. 1 (PRFA, Spring 2011)
    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Strategic Plan for its 442 state forests comprising 786,000 acres outside the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves focuses on ensuring connectivity for wildlife movement between large "matrix blocks" of state forests maintained as mature cover connected with wide, natural strips of land with a high percentage of forest cover. This system would enhance connectivity though deep forested areas from Ontario to Georgia.
  • Scott Jones"A Voice for Forest Landowners in Washington—Protecting Productive Private Property" - By Scott Jones, Executive Vice President, Forest Landowners Association, Atlanta, Ga.; Speech to the Eighth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 23, 2004)
    By partnering with organizations like the Forest Landowners Association, we can educate Congress about private property rights. Working together, we stopped regulations like TDML, which would have hurt forest management. We can eliminate the "death tax" and make incremental changes to the Endangered Species Act.
  • "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.
  • Robert H. Nelson"Burning Issues-The Dangers of Government Forest Management" - By Robert H. Nelson, Ph.D., Reprinted from the Proceedings of the Fifth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA 2000)
    A record of warnings by experts in the forestry profession going back a decade states that Western forests are a fire hazard waiting to happen. Instead of managing the 600 million acres of federally owned forests like a "theme park," they should be handled professionally, to protect the environment and serve the people of the U.S.
  • William R. Sayre"Forest Land Easements—Freezing the Future" - William R. Sayre, Chairman, Forest Policy Task Force, Associated Industries of Vermont, Montpelier, Vt., from Proceedings of the Fourth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (1999)
  • "Effects of Local Ordinances on Forestry" — Gregory M. DeSylva, from Proceedings of the Third Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA 1998)
    In spite of selective harvesting and monitoring logging jobs to see that the environment and private property are protected, this consulting forester found that the forest industry is still "given hell," with lengthy permits with outrageous restrictions, excessive bonding, DEC-approved loggers, no-cut zones, and other problems.

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