"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)
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
"The Environmental Trust Bankruptcy" - by Darrel Beck (Reprinted by permission from newsletter
of Citizens for Private Property Rights, Santa Ysabel, California,
The San Diego-based land trust called The Environmental Trust
filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy last spring, leaving behind debt
exceeding #13 million, many unrecorded conservation easements,
incompletely deposited endowment funds, and inadequate financial
ability to protect "critical habitat"
on lands it was obligated to manage.
"IRS to Audit Nature Conservancy From Inside"
By Joe Stephens and
David B. Otttaway
Washington Post, Jan. 17, 2004
"A team of IRS examiners will move into the global headquarters
of the Nature Conservancy in Arlington to begin auditing the
charity, the world's largest environmental organization."
"Land Trust Bonanza in 'Faith Based Initiative'
Blocked Again in Congress"
- PRFA, September 2003
The House Ways and Means Committee approved HR 7, Pres. Bush's
Faith Based Initiative, but
struck out a land acquisition/conservation easement provision
for a capitol gains break that would
benefit the land trusts to the tune of a billion dollars.
"Senators Betty Little & John Bonacic Stand
Firm" - By Carol W. LaGrasse
(Reprinted from N.Y. Property Rights Clearinghouse, Summer
The Nature Conservancy, other non-profits attack New York
State Senators' real estate tax reform bills. Washington
Post article exposes Conservancy corruption.
October 23, 2002:
Nature Conservancy Gets 11,000 Acres of Great South Bay Bottomlands"
December 15, 2001:
Citizens of Tiny Arizona Town Battle The Nature Conservancy to
Keep Water Rights-
A December press release
from Randy Heiss on behalf of Unidos Hacemos Fuerza, (address)
a grassroots group whose name signifies the strength that comes
from unity, describes their struggle against the Nature Conservancy
(TNC) to protect the water rights of the residents of the town.
The citizens are using a ballot referendum to try to stop TNC
from grabbing rights to more water flow than is regularly available
from the Sonoita Creek. TNC claims its stream flow data are more
accurate than that of the USGS. TNC wants to use the water to
preserve the endangered Gila topminnow, according to Mr. Heiss.
Ron Arnold, Undue
InfluenceWealthy Foundations, Grant-driven Environmental
Groups, and Zealous Bureaucrats That Control Your Future,
(The Free Enterprise Press, Bellevue, Washington, 1999). Available
from: Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise
Carol W. LaGrasse, The Property
Owner's Experience-New York's Arbitrary and Excessive Environmental
Regulation of Private Land and Resources (PRFA 1998). Copies
still available at $10.00 plus $2.00 p&h from PRFA.
Publication Order Form
"Perverting the Trust-Private
Charitable Land Preservation Organizations as Government Acquisition
Agents" - Positions on Property, Vol. 2, No. 2, Apr.
1995. (PRFA, $3.00 including p&h)
Publication Order Form
"Notprofit Land Bank Amasses BillionsCharity
Builds on Corporate Partnership" By David B. Ottaway and Joe Stephens, Washington
Post Staff Writers, Sunday, May 4, 2003: page A01 (First of three
This link is to a superbly documented article exposing The
Nature Conservancy's corrupt business boondoggles; its giant
financial transactions with its governing board members; its
sale of choice conservancy land to past and present trustees,
often at steep discounts; its coincidental silence on major environmental
issues coinciding with interests of board members; and big industrial
polluters on its board.
Nature Conservancy's "No Fishing" policy
Letter from Brenda Hunt, Land Steward,
TNC Eastern New York Chapter, to Brian Gilbert, August 4, 1992.
Unidos Hacemos Fuerza
Find the salaries of executives of non-profit organizations.
- Advance Conference Announcement:
Keynote Address on Land Trusts by Investigative Reporter Eric
Francis Coppolino, Seventeenth Annual National Conference on
Private Property Rights, October 26, 2013, The Century House,
Latham, N.Y., Sponsored by the Property Rights Foundation of
Land: Who Benefits and Who Loses" - by Susan Allen,
A book review of Eco-Fascists: How Radical Conservationists
Are Destroying Our National Heritage by Elizabeth Nickson
(N.Y.: Harper Collins 2012)
How the environmental movement broke the rural economy. The
result of an international journalist's research across
North America and beyond after she delved into what was behind
the preservationist obstruction of the building of her eco-sensitive
house in British Columbia.
People Still Contributing to The Nature Conservancy?"
- By Nate Dickinson (PRFA, February 25, 2004)
After reports in the Washington Post about The Nature Conservancy's
questionable financial practices, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee
headed by Sen. Charles Grassley recently investigated widespread
accounting problems, violations of the Internal Revenue Service
regulations, and conflicts of interest including selling scenic
properties to trustees who reaped large tax breaks.
Unexpected Visit from The Nature Conservancy" - By Nate
Dickinson (PRFA, October 21, 2003)
A solicitation letter from TNC tugs at the heartstrings, but
relies on the "emotional, gullible segments of society"
to believe that they are "saving the last great places
- Bush Administration
signs a Memorandum of Understanding with The Nature Conservancy
to jointly manage the nation's National Forests
The U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy announced
a watershed memorandum of understanding (MOU) on November 16
to share the management of the entire National Forest system.
The agreement includes inventorying, monitoring, protection and
restoration of forest, grassland and aquatic habitat for fish,
wildlife and plant resources. According to the official press
release, the underlying goals of the memorandum of understanding
include preservation of biodiversity and ecosystem management,
rather than production of raw materials to feed the nation's
economy. Two key MOU directives are to utilize prescribed burns
and to combat invasive species. The MOU can be expected to reinforce
the previous administration's road closure policy. (November
- "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."
- Asst. Sec. of
U.S. Dept. of Interior responds to LaGrasse (DOI Letter,
June 18, 2002)
Commenting specifically on LaGrasse's March 10, 2002
letter to DOI, Lynn Scarlet, Asst. Secretary, Policy, Management
and Budget, responded, "With respect to your recommendation
that endangered, threatened and rare species restoration should
be contracted out, the President's Management Agenda does
call for a greater focus on competitive sourcing...We share your
desire for transparency and a wide range of partnerships for
- "Unjustified Privileges
of Environmental Non-Profits" - By Carol W. LaGrasse,
The Rhodes Real Estate Review, January 1999. Reprinted
Marie and Joe Hill were destroyed by the results of an environmentalist
campaign to preserve their Massachusetts farm to the group's
tastes. Another land preservation group, Scenic Hudson, has tied
up the future of a family-owned concrete block plant in New York,
and cost the owner over $2 million on permits, in the name of
protecting nearby rattlesnakes.
Non-Profits - Recently Revealed Land Trust Obstruction of Private
Property Owners" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA Background
Brief, July 1998)
Scenic Hudson's tactics in the Fishkill Ridge have
obstructed Montfort aggregate mine application for 8 years, costing
the small firm $2 million so far. Mohonk Preserve, Friends of
the Shawangunks and Open Space Institute team up against young
couple. ABC story exposing The Nature Conservancy tactics in
Florida Keys is spiked.
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.