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New information added on January 5, 2009

Updates and News Briefs

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

"Oregon Supreme Court Upholds Regulatory Takings Compensation Law" - Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA Update, February 21, 2006

November 2004:
Oregon Measure 37
Takings compensation and relief from land use regulation -
Enacted by Oregon's voters in a statewide referendum on November 2, 2004

January 2001:
"Oregon Voters Protect Property Rights"

 Additional Helpful Organizations
Additional Helpful

Oregon Council of Motor Vehicle Associations
(organization of Oregon automobile hobbyists)

Oregonians in Action
(Influential property rights group, brought Dolan v. Tigard successfully)

"Voice of the Wallowas"
Published by: Wallowa's Future Foundation
"Voice of the Wallowas," first published in November 2005, is "An in-depth periodical dedicated to the Wallowa Valley, its people and their joint future."
(The rural area is faced with the Endangered Species Act, Watershed Restrictions, Tribal Claims, The Wildlands Program, and other environmental agendas.)
John Lenahan, Ph.D.
Managing Editor & Director of Development
address & website

Additional Resources
Additional Resources

Biosphere Reserves in
Cascade Head
Three Sisters
since 1976
H.J. Andrews
since 1976

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


A Review of the Law of Easements
Continuing education course available, document covers fundamentals of easement law and more. Concepts discussed enable an understanding of many principles of easement law in this country.
By Schroeder Law Offices, P.C.
Serving Oregon, Washington, Idaho & Nevada since 1991

Oregon State Legislature (Senate and House of Representatives)


State News

  • Randal O'Toole"Free Market Solutions to Urban Problems" - By Randal O'Toole, Bandon, Oregon, Director - American Dream Coalition of the Independence Institute, Senior Fellow - Cato Institute, and Senior Economist - Thoreau Institute; Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
    States like Oregon that have "growth management" laws require that an urban growth boundary be drawn around cities, to stop growth beyond the boundary and "densify" development within the boundary. This has driven up housing costs and been a big factor in the housing bubble. Along with imposing the urban growth boundary, cities build light rail lines to reduce automobile use and thereby reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, which is thought to be a primary cause of global warming. But light rail is not effective either in attracting riders or reducing carbon dioxide. Efficient cars are better at reducing emissions per passenger mile and cheaper.
    More on this topic: Zoning & Building Codes — 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
  • Bill Moshofsky"Regulatory Taking Compensation—The Successful Oregon Measure 37 Referendum" - By Bill Moshofsky, President, Oregonians in Action, Tigard, Oregon; Speech to the Ninth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 22, 2005)
    The Oregon Measure 37 referendum created a solution to the "regulatory overkill" that besets Oregon's property owners, under arguably the strictest land use planning regulations in the country, excessive wetlands, endangered species and forest practice regulation. Oregonians in Action is still fighting against government's attempt to nullify the law.
    More on this topic: Regulatory Takings—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

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