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Seaside Dream Home Besieged, by T G. Berlincourt, Trafford Publishing, 2010 (paperback, photo illustrations, 298 pp.)
The author and his wife, Margie, residents of Virginia, purchased a magnificent eleven-acre promontory high above the Pacific Ocean in Mendocino County, where they intended to build their dream house. Opponents took their case to the California Coastal Commission. The compelling book details the six-year battle against injustices and human obstruction, with a vision for private property rights undergirding the author's viewpoint
Available at with black & white illustrations (ISBN 978-1-4269-0478-3) for $19.67; or with color illustrations (ISBN 978-1-4269-0483-7) for $42.88

"Impact Fees Are Becoming a Popular Tool of Tax-strapped Municipalities"
- News Brief, PRFA, Nov. 2007

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

"Governor Schwarzenegger's Swearing-In Remarks" - Reprinted from the American Outlook, Anza, California, November 28, 2003 (Printed in full)
"When I became a citizen 20 years ago, I had to take a citizenship test. I had to learn history and principles of our republic. What I've learned - and what I've never forgotten is - that in a republic, sovereignty rests with the people - not the government."

January 8, 2003
Richard Pombo Named Chairman of the House Resources Committee — Nationwide Victory for the Private Property Rights and Wise use Movement
On January 8, 2003, the star Congressman for private property rights, Richard Pombo, a rancher from California, was named Chairman of the all-important House Resources Committee, which has been key to issues such as heritage areas, UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, endangered species, and land grabs and lockups involving the National Park Service and its parent agency, the Department of Interior. The selection of Mr. Pombo is a great victory because he has stalwartly defended private property in arenas ranging from unjust wetlands regulation to proposed designations of Heritage areas. See full press release from the American Land Rights Foundation.

See Also
See Also

Don Fife's Page

National Park Service - National


Private Conservation

Additional Helpful Organizations
Additional Helpful

Pacific Legal Foundation

Donald L. Fife, Chairman
National Association of Mining Districts

San Joaquin County Citizens Land Alliance
A California nonprofit corporation
Publishes bi-monthly newsletter "Alert."

Citizens for Private Property Rights
(Covers San Diego, Ramona, Crest, Poway, Escondido, Rancho Santa Fe)
Publishes monthly newsletter

Family Water Alliance

Additional Resources
Additional Resources

Biosphere Reserves in
Channel Islands
San Dimas
since 1976
since 1976
San Joaquin
since 1976
Sequoia-Kings Canyon
since 1976
California Coast Ranges
since 1983
Mojave and Colorado Deserts
since 1984
Golden Gate
since 1988

Interactive map of Unesco biosphere reserves in the U.S. and the world


California State Senate

California State Assembly


State News

  • Don Corace"Fight the Good Fight for Private Property Rights" - By Don Corace, Real Estate Developer and Author, Naples, Florida; Presented at Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
    The assault on private property rights includes eminent domain abuse like that of Susette Kelo for private development, and regulatory takings where the property owner receives zero compensation. Ocie Mills of Florida was the first man to go to federal prison for a wetland violation, singled out by the Corps of Engineers because he spoke out. In Pompano Beach, Florida, two men who had all their permits to build a hotel were stopped with 31 years by their NIMBY neighbors who didn't want their ocean view obstructed. One brother, a millionaire, lost everything, and had a stroke. Join together, put on your gloves, and fight abuses of private property rights.
    More on this topic: Eminent Domain — National
  • Marshall Sayegh"Confronting the California Coastal Commission's Ultra-control of Local Communities" - By Marshall Sayegh, President, Property Rights Foundation of Mendocino County, Gualala, California, Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
    In 2006, 3,000 people lined the streets of the little town of Gualala, California, for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. Every restaurant and lodging establishment was filled. However, when Gualala planned its 2007 fireworks display, the California Coastal Commission complained, but the display took place successfully, with 4,000 people enjoying it. But in 2008 the Commission issued a Cease and Desist order, preventing the display, claiming that it harmed nesting birds a mile away. Pacific Legal Foundation is now defending the Gualala fireworks.
    More on this topic: Endangered Species & Wildlife—National
  • "Twenty-first Century Carpetbaggers and Privateers: The Booty is Your Property" - By Marshall Sayegh, President, Property Rights Foundation of Mendocino County, Gualala, California, Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    Today, privateering is a way of mobilizing groups of people and resources to take private property rights. When faced with an illogical utility route that threatened their businesses, the Gualala Commercial Property Owners defended their private property rights by organizing and speaking out, again and again.
    More on this topic: Eminent Domain — National
  • Carol W. LaGrasse"New Wave of UNESCO World Heritage Sites Proposed" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA Position Brief, June 2007)
    This spring, the National Park Service announced that 36 locations in the United States have been proposed for UNESCO World Heritage Sites, adding to the twenty that already are designated in this country. Such international recognition potentially threatens private property rights because preservationists could exploit the designation to stop the use of land in the region just beyond a site's borders.
    More on this topic: Biosphere Reserves & World Heritage Sites
  • "A History of Government Theft" - By Sarah Foster, April 2006, Reprinted from Whistleblower by permission of, publisher.
    The U.S. Supreme Court's Kelo v. New London ruling was not the beginning of the abuse of eminent domain to destroy communities for private development. It began in Washington, D.C., during the 1950s, where slum clearance was the excuse for cruelly displacing 20,000 residents, mainly families from good homes, others people in scattered poor conditions, who suffered especially, and even died, from the evictions.
    More on this topic: Eminent Domain — National
  • "The Environmental Trust Bankruptcy" - by Darrel Beck (Reprinted by permission from newsletter of Citizens for Private Property Rights, Santa Ysabel, California, Sept. 2005)
    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.
    More on this topic: Land Trusts
    More on this topic: Conservation Easements
  • "City of Goleta Mobile Home Rent Control Law Struck Down"
    - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, November 21, 2004)
    The U.S. District Court of the Central District of California struck down the rent control ordinance of the City of Goleta in California on October 29, 2004 as an unconstitutional taking because it failed to substantially further its stated goal of creating affordable housing. The law kept rents down but raised sale prices, without allowing the mobile home owner to collect a fair portion of the sales premium.
    More on this topic: Rent Control — National
  • Michael Shaw"Abundance Ecology—The Liberty Garden" - By Michael Shaw, Freedom 21 Radio Talk Show host, Proprietor of Liberty Garden, Aptos, California; Speech to the Eighth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 23, 2004)
    By using intensive management, native plants whose seed bank was long dormant returned in great variety to Liberty Garden in Santa Cruz County on coastal California. Abundance ecology, based on private property rights, is the opposite of shortage ecology, based on the Endangered Species Act.
    More on this topic: Endangered Species & Wildlife—National
  • "Open Range Warfare — The 2003 Version" - By Ron Zumbrun (Reprinted by permission, from The Daily Recorder, City of Sacramento, October 13, 2003)
    Plumus County, California adopted an open range ordinance, forcing property owners to allow cattle grazing. Jack and Millie Herzberg are suing for trespass and illegal rent control. They want full compensation and liability insurance.
    More on this topic: Rangeland and Grazing
  • Nate Dickinson"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.
    More on this topic: Conservation Easements
    More by this author: Nate Dickinson's Page
  • "Locoweed Closes 48,000 Acres of Alogones Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle Park"-By Don Fife (Feb. 2002)
    The Bureau of Land Management is acquiescing to an environmental lawsuit to use a noxious weed, "Pierson's milkvetch" or Astralagus magdalenae variety perirsonii, to close 48,000 acres of America's premier off-highway vehicle park at Glamis Sand Dunes, Imperial County, California. Commonly known as Pierson's locoweed, a poisonous noxious weed, it is normally against state and county laws to propagate on one's property.
    More by this author: Don Fife's Page
  • "Endangered Species Act is racketeering" — Don Fife (Guest Commentary, The Leader, Lucerne Valley, California,
    February 6, 2002)
    The Bureau of Land Management is trying to shut down Dave Fisher's family ranch, saying that the cattle compete with the desert tortoise for food, but the truth is that "the greatest threat to the tortoise is the incompetence of the BLM biologists."
    More on this topic: Endangered Species & Wildlife—National
    More by this author: Don Fife's Page
  • "Environmental Hysteria Can Kill"-By Don Fife (National Association of Mining Districts, January 2002)
    California's State Element is gold and the State Rock is serpentine, the major source of asbestos. Asbestos hysteria has cost the taxpayers billions of dollars for unnecessary school asbestos removal and caused the loss of the Challenger astronauts.
    More by this author: Don Fife's Page
  • "Regarding Canadian Lynx and ESA" — U.S. Representative Richard W. Pombo (Congressional Record, January 24, 2002, page E-27)
    Congressman Pombo points out that endangered plants were secretly placed on Donald Fife's property in "an attempt to close about 30,000 acres of the highest mineral valued land in southern
    More on this topic: Endangered Species & Wildlife—National
  • "Conservation Easements-One Rancher to Another"-By Joe Mehrten, Mehrten's Ranch, Clements, California.
    An exchange of letters bringing out the many interrelated issues, especially conservation easements, infringing on the future of the rural West. (Click to select from three full letters.)
    • Letter by Joe Mehrten (Jan. 6, 2002) points out, "Conservation easements with private land trusts are so intertwined with government regulations and controls as to be little different from easements sold to public agencies."
    • Response from Bev Sparrowk, Sparrowk Livestock (Jan. 8, 2002) states, "Jack and I have discovered in our exposure to and dealings with government agencies conversation and a spirit of cooperation usually reaps the results we had hoped for."
    • Joe Mehrten's reply (Jan. 29, 2002), after he learned that a government grant, rather than conservation easements, is involved: "[T]he grant application makes it abundantly clear that this project invites destruction of our property rights."
      More on this topic: Conservation Easements
  • "BLM's way of Protecting the Tortoise"-By Don Fife (2001)
    The BLM is trying to shut down Dave Fisher's ranch under the guise that the cattle compete with the tortoise for food, but the greatest threat to the tortoise is the incompetence of the BLM wildlife biologists.
    More by this author: Don Fife's Page

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