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Updates and News Briefs

"Hinton, West Virginia: Same Old Government Land Grab" - By Tom DeWeese, American Policy Center, April 30, 2002 (Link to article on APC web site)
After they build their new home in the New River Gorge, Ann and Bruce Roach discovered that the National Park Service had secret plans to eliminate all the homes to build a parkway and preserve the viewshed.
E-mail: Ann Roach, Sisters of the River, Hinton, West Virginia

"Mexican Drug Cartels Are Growing Marijuana in U.S. National Parks and Forests," News Brief, PRFA, August 2007

"National Parks of Alaska - Testimony Before U.S. Congress, House of Representatives, Committee on Government Reform" - By Rick Kenyon of Glennallen, Alaska (presented at the August 14, 2006 Hearing - Committee on Government Reform, Anchorage, Alaska)

For three decades, the National Park Service has run amok, mistreating inholders within the Alaskan National Parks: — forcing almost all the historic placer miners to give up their claims, contrary to ANILCA, denying property owners access to their homes, causing them to lose their property, punishing them for their wilderness way of life, and dragging them into federal court on trumped-up charges. The Service provides its own employees exclusive, luxurious wilderness accommodations.

February 2002:
"Interior Dept. Seeks Comments on Strategic Plan"

Secretary Gail Norton asks for ideas to guide budget, goals and performance measures for five year period. Deadline for comment is March 2002.

"Department of Interior Official Asks to Hear Concerns" - letter from Kit Kimball, Director, Office of External and Intergovernmental Affairs, to PRFA, Sept. 25, 2001
Kit Kimball, the new appointee by Secretary Gale A. Norton, sent a letter to the Property Rights Foundation of America announcing that her office's responsibilities "include working with advocacy and non-profit organizations actively seeking input in policies and programs as they are discussed and implemented here at the Department of Interior."

January 2001:
"Church in Land Between the Lakes Recreational Area Restored as Memorial to Sanctuaries Demolished by National Park Service."

See Also
See Also

Biosphere Reserves and World Heritage Sites

Essential Books & Publications
Essential Books
& Publications

"Biosphere Reserves—The International Vanguard of Rural Depopulation" - National Park Service: Part 2, Positions on Property, Vol. 2, No. 1
(PRFA, Jan. 1995)
Publication Order Form

"Come Into My Parlor—The Executioner of Small Towns Weaving a Net of national Land-Use Controls" - National Park Service: Part 1, Positions on Property, Vol. 1, No. 3
(PRFA, Oct. 1994)
Publication Order Form


In-Depth Information

  • Peter J. LaGrasse"The Mythological Native American" - Cannibalism, Headhunting and Human Sacrifice in North America, A History Forgotten by George Franklin Feldman (Alan B. Hood & Co., Chambersburg, Penna. 2008), Book Review by Peter J. LaGrasse, full version of edited review that appeared in the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse Vol. 17, No. 2 (PRFA, July 2013)
    Contrary to common perceptions, pre-Columbian Native Americans were far from noble in their actions toward each other and often had a profoundly negative impact on the environment. To try to restore the landscape to pre-Columbian "wildlands" is a deception.
  • 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.
  • Charles E. Kay"Wolf Recovery in the Northern Rockies: What Pro-Wolf Advocates Do Not Want You to Know" - Address by Charles E. Kay, Ph. D., Wildlife Ecology, John M. Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University, Address to the Sixteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights, Latham, N.Y., October 20, 2012 (Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.)
    Charles Kay's presentation ranged widely across the many aspects of reintroducing wolves to the Northern Rockies, and how his knowledge may be applicable to the East, where there is talk of putting wolves in upstate New York. He repeatedly exposed corruption of science and the ignorance of federal judges. He took the audience through the depredations by the colonizing wolves and the resultant near extinction of the elk, debunking the distracting established themes from "predator-mediated competition" to the supposed relevance of habitat. As his talk gathered steam, he said that the wolves are now in the process of wiping out woodland and mountain caribou across the length and breadth of Canada. The wolf has reduced hunting opportunities by ninety percent in the Northern Rockies, as he predicted in 1993. Livestock losses in the West have been virtually uncompensated.
  • James W. Keegan, Former Chairman, Columbia County Board of Supervisors, to Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.— Letter, October 29, 2011.
    Albert L. Wassenhove read this letter aloud at the Fifteenth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights. In the letter, Mr. Keegan writes, "I want to commend you on the excellent feature front page expose you published on the Olana versus Eger Family farm controversy in your Summer 2011 edition of the Property Rights Clearinghouse."
  • "Olana Devotees Battle Farmer's New Communications Tower" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 15, No. 2 (Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., Summer 2011)
    The National Park Service; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Scenic Hudson; and the Olana Partnership have ganged up against the Eger family farm in Columbia County, N.Y., alleging that the replacement of a communications tower at their farm will infringe on the view from Olana, the estate of Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church.
  • Carol W. LaGrasse"Rep. Maurice Hinchey Proposes Hudson Valley National Park Study" By Carol W. LaGrasse, Property Rights Foundation of America, January 2010
    The significance of the mighty Hudson River as the nation's first superhighway after the completion of the Erie Canal that enabled goods to be transported from the Midwest and down the Hudson to the port of New York caused New York City to become the nation's richest city is entirely missed in Hinchey's vague study proposal, which portrays the important facets of the Hudson to the nation as its Native American heritage, the site of Revolutionary War events, the inspiration for the Hudson River school of landscape painting, and the like.
  • Peyton Knight"National & International Land Use Planning" - Peyton Knight, Director of Environmental & Regulatory Affairs, The National Center for Public Policy Research, Washington, D.C., Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    A National Heritage Area facilitates national land use planning as a preservation-driven congressional pork-barrel designation created in conjunction with the National Park Service and private interest groups to influence decisions over local land use to preserve natural, historical, cultural, educational, scenic, and recreational resources. UNESCO World Heritage Site designations are an international tool to push land use restrictions on the sites and land surrounding them.
  • "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.
  • "LaGrasse Testifies on Proposed 600-Mile Historic Trail" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, Reprinted from the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 11, No. 4 (PRFA, Fall 2007)
    This article, which should be read in addition to LaGrasse's full official testimony, describes the proposed National Park Service 600-mile, nine-state Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail. Revolutionary history and selections from advocates' testimony are used to show the potential negative impact in private property rights in New York related to historic landscape preservation. A brief summary of LaGrasse's full testimony is included.
  • Susan Allen"The Yukon Cleansing" - Book Review: A Land Gone Lonesome, By Dan O'Neill, Counterpoint, a Member of Perseus Books Group, 2006
    Review by Susan Allen, Reprinted from the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse (Vol. 11, No. 3, Summer 2007, PRFA)
    After the ANILCA settlement divided Alaska's wild country among native, state and federal holdings, the National Park Service controlled vast federal landholdings. The Park Service told the people living on the wild lands that they could go on with their accustomed "subsistence lifestyle" as hunters, trappers, placer miners, and the like, but the agency cut off access and instituted regulations and an insurmountable permit application process, which made it impossible for the people to live in the wilds anymore. Old cabins were burned, only to be rebuilt by the Park Service as historic reconstructions.
  • Jason Knox"Update on Property Rights in the U.S. Congress"-By Jason Knox, Staffer, Resources Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, Tenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 14, 2006)
    Rep. Sensenbrenner's eminent domain reform bill (H.R. 4128) died in the Senate. Rep. Chabot's bill to enable property owners to bring Fifth Amendment takings cases into federal court (H.R.4772) would overcome the requirement that state remedies be exhausted and the ironic application of res judicata. Eminent domain due process reform would eliminate the bulk of federal condemnation abuse.
  • "Smart Growth Shows Its Ugly Side" Kay McClanahan, Eastover, South Carolina (Reprinted by permission of author)
    South Carolina landowners face off against Richland County's "Town and Country Land Use Plan" and the National Park Service's expansion of Congaree Swamp National Monument to a National Park. Many Black farmers are descendents of freed slaves who purchased their land after the Civil War.
  • "Letter to Kit Kimball, Director, Office of External and Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Dept. of Interior" - From Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, March 2002)
    This letter gives ideas for reform to incorporate in DOI's five-year strategic plan. Wildlife restoration and land acquisition should take place under transparent processes and be privatized, eliminating corporatism between government and non-profit organizations. Management of DOI land should promote private property rights, while protecting human life, adjacent lands, rural communities, wildlife and the environment, to produce raw materials, provide recreation, and reduce eco-colonialism.
  • "Willing Seller Willing Buyer - Park Service Version" - by Bo W. Thott, 1993. (Unique survey of sellers, reprinted by permission of Bo W. Thott, Washington County Alliance, Cutler, Maine)
    Historic survey posted in full: Private landowners ostensibly selling to the National Park Service are not bona fide sellers but are giving up title to escape the legal expenses of a foredoomed battle against condemnation.

Buffalo National River Map & Sitton Cemetery Photo Gallery

 The National Park Service's practice in twentieth century parks such as Buffalo National River in the Ozarks, Shenandoah National Park, and Great Smokie Mountains National Park is to include cemeteries in "wilderness" areas and prevent their upkeep, prevent people from visiting cemeteries by prohibiting motor vehicle use by mourners and descendants, and to compound the visitation difficulty by allowing roads and paths to deteriorate.
  • "The Enormous National Park System," from Positions on Property, Vol. 1, No. 3, Oct. 1994
    (Since the publication of this chart, the National Park System grew astronomically under Pres. Clinton's executive orders locking up millions of acres federal lands as National Monuments.)

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