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Nate Dickinson

Nathaniel R. Dickinson
January 14, 1932 - June 15, 2011
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Nate Dickinson, wildlife biologist, is widely known as the author of Common Sense Wildlife Management, which has been reprinted in Spanish in Mexico and received wide distribution there. He is also the author of numerous technical papers and popular articles. He was an Associate Editor of New York Fish and Game Journal. With his Bachelors of Arts Degree from Amherst College and Master of Science in Wildlife Management from Cornell, and two years of service in the U.S. Army as a cryptographer, he accepted his first wildlife position with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Game, then spent ten years with the New York State Conservation Department focusing on deer habitat management and a range of wildlife species. He was one of two Deer Project leaders for the Vermont Department of Fisheries and Wildlife before returning to New York to become Big Game Unit Leader for the Department of Environmental Conservation, where he served until retirement. He continued to write on wildlife issues and has served for many years on the National Advisory Board of the Property Rights Foundation of America. In 2002 he received PRFA's Fifth Annual New York State Private Property Rights Advocate Award in "recognition of his defense of constitutionally guaranteed private property rights in the State of New York.

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  • "Planning - Good or Bad" - Book Review by Nathaniel R. Dickinson (Property Rights Foundation of America®, April 2008)
    The Best-Laid Plans, How Government Planning Harms Your Quality of Life, Your Pocketbook, and Your Future, By Randal O'Toole (Cato Institute, 2007)
    In this surprising review of a popular conservative title, rather than focus on the issues of land use planning, urban renewal, smart growth and the like, where the author explores the need to reduce government's excessive control over people and the diminishment of their freedom, our reviewer analyzes the author's approach to planning with respect to wildlife issues, where more, rather than less, planning is needed.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "Wild Cities, Suburb Zoos and Rural Outrages—Reflections on My Career in Wildlife Management"-By Nathaniel R. Dickinson, Wildlife Biologist, Tenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 14, 2006)
    To understand the today's alarming increase in the conflict between different species of wildlife and man, Nate Dickinson recalls his successful effort to restore wildlife management in New York State to the legal mandate to maintain deer in balance with natural food supplies, to create conditions where man and nature can thrive in harmony. To prevent conflicts, there are places where wildlife should not be.
  • "Inalienable Private Property Rights Being Revoked" - Book Review by Nathaniel R. Dickinson, PRFA, October 17, 2006)
    During the Twentieth Century, private property rights, the cornerstone of freedom, were greatly diminished in exchange for government power under environmental law, regulatory takings, rent control, scenic regulations, historic preservation, architectural review, and eminent domain abuse. The radical left is winning.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "Fact, Fiction, and Opinion" - Book Review by Nathaniel R. Dickinson (PRFA, July 2006)
    The Essential Grizzly by Doug and Andrea Peacock (Lyons Press, 2006)
    Presumptions cripple this book on grizzlies. A blend of facts and fiction, politics and advocacy, this compendium of essays on grizzlies and the authors
    ' opinions on their importance to man wastes an opportunity to compile reams of knowledge into a credible work.
  • "Out-foxing the Foxes" - By Nathaniel R. Dickinson (PRFA, May 4, 2006)
    A "rather universal human tolerance for the wild kingdom, fueled by the radical environmental movement," has generated such unwelcome neighbors as foxes in Britain's cities, aggressive bear in New Jersey suburbs, and uncontrolled deer populations causing millions of damage to agricultural crops and motor vehicles, including human fatalities.
  • "Misconceptions Make this Book Beastly" - Book Review by
    Nathaniel R. Dickinson, (PRFA, April 11, 2006)
    The Beast in the Garden, David Baron, W. W. Norton and Company, 2004
    Killings of human beings by cougars in areas near built-up suburbs have led Baron to advocate for action by public agencies and private groups to preserve more open space, rather than identify problems and needs. In addition to accounts of encounters with cougars, Baron's writing includes a hodgepodge ranging from a study of deep-seated fear of cats to discourses on multiculturalism, feminism, environmentalism and Native Americanism. The strict preservationist stance displays a lack of appreciation of the natural world.
  • "An Honest, Objective Critique of the Endangered Act" - By Nathaniel R. Dickinson (PRFA, March 29, 2005)
    This analysis of some of the most important language of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, such as the discussion of "critical habitat" and the definition of "endangered species," demonstrates that it needs a major overhaul. Well-educated, totally objective scientists should be called in to re-write the Act and guide its implementation.
  • "Commentary on Uncontrolled White-tailed Deer Populations" - By Nate Dickinson (PRFA, January 6, 2005)
    Deer-vehicle accidents with substantial human fatalities and rampant destruction of plants, gardens, and forest regeneration are the natural result of policies in opposition to sound, scientific management when Nate Dickinson was Big Game Leader for New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
  • "The Rampant Injustice of Eminent Domain" - By Nate Dickinson (PRFA, November 14, 2004)
    Review of Abuse of Power—How the Government Misuses Eminent Domain by Steven Greenhut (Seven Locks Press 2004)
    Master planners are using "blight" declarations and urban redevelopment to sack neighborhoods in a nationwide nightmare of eminent domain. People are fighting back to protect their private property rights.
  • "Yes, Our President Has a Clear Mandate and the Will of the People Must Be Heeded" - By Nate Dickinson (PRFA, November 10, 2004)
    The election of 2004 gives President George W. Bush the opportunity to correct the Administration's neglect of so-called environmental matters. Issues such as endangered species, wise use of the National Forests, and oil drilling need to be tackled with intelligence. The influence of radical environmental groups must be challenged and diminished.
  • "The President Exhibits Character on Earth Day" - By Nathaniel R. Dickinson (PRFA, April 23, 2004)
    Earth Day has its roots in the scare-mongering of pseudo-science. The environmental movement is spearheaded by numerous well-heeled, ultra-liberal groups whose concern for the natural world is somewhere out in the wings.
  • "A Professional and Intellectual Journey" - Book Review by Nate Dickinson (PRFA, April 13, 2004)
    A review of Give Me a Break — How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media by John Stossel, Harper Collins, 2004
  • "Could It Be That the Hudson Valley Heritage Plan is Actually Anti-Heritage?" - By Nate Dickinson (PRFA, March 2, 2004)
    A review of the "Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Management Plan." The National Park Service and its cadre of allied agencies and not-profit organizations lay the groundworks for a four million acre kingdom of eleven counties in the Hudson Valley, where resource protection and land management policies are to be coordinated in a viable regional plan.
  • "Are 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.
  • "A Novice's Reaction to a Smart Growth Discussion" - By Nate Dickinson, Wildlife Biologist (PRFA, December 12, 2003
    Review of "Outsmarting Smart Growth - Population Growth, Immigration, and the Problem of Sprawl" by Beck, Kolankiewicz, and Camarota (Center for Immigration Studies, 2003). Dickinson questions the assumptions underlying the report, and asks whether planners are interested in changing the complexion of a free society. Statistics for agricultural acreage show that the U.S. A. is getting wilder, contrary to the report's drift. He states that the report's immigration statistics prove the need to rethink immigration policy. Illegal immigration must be simply halted.
  • "An 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 on Earth."
  • "Another Intrusive Tool for the APA" - By Nate Dickinson (PRFA, October 17, 2003)
    In addition to legislation in the U.S. Senate, recent years have brought bureaucratic involvement with invasive species by the Adirondack Park Agency, which has begun implementing the non-regulatory "Adirondack Park Roadside Invasives Control Initiative."
  • "Beware the Intrusive Invasive Species Act" - By Nate Dickinson (PRFA, September 5, 2003)
    A wildlife biologist's common sense discussion of S.525, the National Aquatic Invasive Species Act of 2003, warning that the bill provides more for expansive regulatory bureaucracy than for the practical protection from invasive species.
  • "It's Not Just Big Brother That Often Disrespects Property Rights" — Commentary by Nate Dickinson (PRFA, February 21, 2003)
    An older woman would like to build a ranch-style home on her property in Altamont, N.Y., so that she will not have to climb stairs and will have her daughter living next door in the existing house. But angry neighbors "mobbed" the town hall to protest this perfectly reasonable plan.
  • "Maine Is Not Alone in Experiencing Rural Cleansing" - by Nate Dickinson, Wildlife Biologist (PRFA, November 2002)
    A review of Professor Jon Reisman's speech "Rural Cleansing in Maine," which was delivered at the Sixth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights.
  • "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.  
  • "Beware of Those Noxious Wildlife Corridors" - By Nate Dickinson, Wildlife Biologist (PRFA, Aug. 16, 2002)
    Americans should wake up to the threat to traditional American values posed by the pseudo-science of the Wildlands Project, which is being used to advocate federal ownership of land between "core" areas such as the Okefenokee and Osceola National Forests in Florida.
  • "An Innovative Approach to Natural Area Restoration" — by Nate Dickinson, Wildlife Biologist (PRFA, July 22, 2002)
    Nate Dickinson's insights about Michael Shaw's restoration of native species on his coastal California property. Instead of relying on herbicides, burning, or grazing to eliminate exotic plants, Mr. Shaw used scientifically directed human energy to release the native seedbank, working past successive invasions of other unwanted plants toward bountiful results.
  • "Why Are Quagmires So Sacred?" - by Nate Dickinson, Wildlife Biologist and author, Altamont, New York (PRFA, February 2001)
    This was prompted by the February 10th article in the Times Union entitled "wetlands ruling raises hopes."
  • "Algonquin to Adirondack Vision is Blurred" - by Nate Dickinson, author and wildlife biologist (PRFA, February 2001)
    Environmentalists envision a land bridge called the "Frontenac Axis" from Algonquin Provincial Park in Quebec to the Adirondack Park. They want to create a swath of undeveloped land for a right of way for migrating wolves to enter the Adirondacks from Quebec and for all wildlife to have a natural "corridor" to migrate freely without interference by people.
  • "Maybe Someone Should Spend More Time Consulting the Grizzly" - By Nate Dickinson, Wildlife Biologist, Altamont, N.Y. 1994
    Grizzlies are much more tolerant of human interaction than environmentalists allege. Furthermore, they range across a great reserve of parks in western Canada, where they are fully protected.


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