Citizens with Common Sense
(Unbiased source of accurate
current information about the Wildlands project. Tells Wildlands
story using their own words.)
Web site: www.wildlandsprojectrevealed.org
Cenozoic Society, Inc. (Publishes Wild Earth magazine.
Crusades to restore vast tracts of land to a pre-human condition
published goal of about fifty percent of the coterminous
states within the next few decades, ultimately ninety percent.
Civilization is to be reduced to islands amid the restored wildlands.
Generous funding for the Wildlands project comes from many wealthy
foundations, such as Pew Charitable Trust, Merck Family Fund,
and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.)
The Wildlands project
(Self-described in Wildlands magazine, as "the
organization guiding the design of a continental wilderness recovery
"The Pristine Myth"
Charles C. Mann talks about the thriving and sophisticated Indian
landscape of the pre-Columbus Americas.
See Atlantic Online (Atlantic Unbound, March 7, 2002)
"Before it became the New World, the Western Hemisphere
was vastly more populous and sophisticated than has been thoughtan
altogether more salubrious place to live at the time than, say,
See Atlantic Online (The Atlantic Monthly, March 2002)
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.
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.
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.
Designs on Your Property Rights" - By Robert J. Smith,
Senior Fellow for Environmental Policy, National Center for Public
Policy Research; Adjunct Senior Environmental Scholar, Competitive
Enterprise Institute; & President, Center for Private Conservation,
Washington, D.C.; Presented at Twelfth Annual National Conference
on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
The Bush Administration appointed major corporate and land
trust figures such as John Turner, Henry Paulson, Gail Norton
and Lynn Scarlet, who were enemies of private property ownership
and private property rights, instead emphasizing "partnerships"
and conservation easements. The Congress is designating nonstop
Wilderness Areas, National Parks, National Battlefields, National
Monuments, National Heritage Areas, National Scenic Trails, and
Wild and Scenic Rivers. However, Rep. Rob Bishop and Rep. Paul
Broun are bright lights for private property rights.
Rights Update from Washington, D.C." - By Jason Knox,
Esq., Legislative Staffer, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests
and Public Lands, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington,
D.C.; Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property
Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
The environmentalists are using legislation against energy
transmission corridors. They're promoting Heritage Areas
and wilderness designations as "economic redevelopment"
while eliminating good-paying jobs. The urban Taunton Wild and
Scenic River is meant to stop a gas pipeline. The 1,082-page
resources omnibus bill would tie up 2 million acres as wilderness,
including 1.2 million acres in Wyoming to stop use of gas and
oil resources. The National Land Conservation System would codify
Clinton/Gore National Monument designations. Right now, focus
on energy. Make your voice heard on land use issues, project
by project. Freedom of Information requests are a powerful tool.
- "The New Wars for the West"
- Keynote Address by William Perry Pendley, Esq., President and
Chief Legal Officer, Mountain States Legal Foundation, Lakewood,
Colorado; Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property
Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
Perry Pendley successfully defended John Shuller against the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service when, in self-defense, he shot
a grizzly bear. He won the case for Larry Squires, who wanted
to allow disposal of oil field brine in dry sink holes on his
property. Mountain States Legal Foundation is fighting for inholder
access to their property blocked by the U.S. Forest Service.
Pendley has argued successfully three times before the U.S. Supreme
Court on the right of contract regardless of race or ethnicity,
against what is called "affirmative action."
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.
- "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.
Pleistocene Park ProjectRemoving Civilization from North
America" - By Robert J. Smith, Adjunct Environmental
Scholar, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Speech to the Ninth
Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA,
Albany, N.Y., October 22, 2005)
Environmental scholars proposed in August 2005 to restore
the ecosystem and all the large animals that roamed North America
at the end of the Pleistocene Ice Age, replacing extinct mammals
with Asian and African counterparts, including elephants, lions,
cheetahs, camels, wild horses and a giant tortoise, while eliminating
human beings from ten states from Canada to Mexico, from the
east edge of the Rockies to just west of the Mississippi River.
This is just the latest of radical environmental proposals that
are viewed as credible and explain what the environmental leadership
- "The Wildlands
Program" - By Thomas M. Bennett, Maryville, Tennessee,
Sixth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA,
While describing how The Wildlands Project's core,
buffer, and corridor zones are meant to accomplish the return
of at least one-half of the land in North America to wilderness
with no human influence, "Matt" Bennett
of Treekeepers.org warns an unsuspecting populace to be on the
watch for "synergy," where the Wildlands
vision is implemented piecemeal.
- "Land Grab
by Conservation Easement" - By J. Zane Walley, Speech,
Sixth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA,
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is enlarging the Everglades
by using its canals to raise the water level in Dade County,
Florida - flooding an 8.5 square mile area where over 500 families
live, ruining the avocado orchards and other farms, and making
the area uninhabitable. Transferable development rights are also
imposed to return the land to "Wildlands."
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.
- 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.
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.
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
and the First Amendment" - by Carol W. LaGrasse,
excerpt from "The United States ConstitutionThe Culmination
of Human Rights Law," Positions on Property, Vol.
2, No. 4 (PRFA, July 1995)