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APA (Adirondack Park Agency)

Biosphere Reserves and World Heritage Sites

Champion International Lands and Lawsuit

Heritage Rivers and Areas

Government Land Acquisition

Government Land Ownership and Control - National

Northern Forest Lands

Additional Helpful Organizations
Additional Helpful

Citizens with Common Sense
(Unbiased source of accurate current information about the Wildlands project. Tells Wildlands story using their own words.)
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Additional Resources
Additional Resources

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 strategy.")

"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 thought—an altogether more salubrious place to live at the time than, say, Europe."
See Atlantic Online (The Atlantic Monthly, March 2002)


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.
  • Jigs Gardner"Greenism: 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.
  • 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.
  • Robert J. Smith"Congressional 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.
  • Jason Knox"Property 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.
  • William Perry Pendley"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."
  • "Understanding 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.
  • Nate Dickinson"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.
  • "The Pleistocene Park Project—Removing 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 is about.
  • Matt Bennett"The Wildlands Program" - By Thomas M. Bennett, Maryville, Tennessee, Sixth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Nov. 2002)
    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 warns an unsuspecting populace to be on the watch for "synergy," where the Wildlands vision is implemented piecemeal.
  • J. Zane Walley"Land Grab by Conservation Easement" - By J. Zane Walley, Speech, Sixth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Nov. 2002)
    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."
  • "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.
  • 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.
    • "Innuendo 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.
    • "Wildlands 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 magazine
  •  "Wildlands and the First Amendment" - by Carol W. LaGrasse, excerpt from "The United States Constitution—The Culmination of Human Rights Law," Positions on Property, Vol. 2, No. 4 (PRFA, July 1995)

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