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New information added October 11, 2005

Additional Helpful Organizations
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Utah Property Rights Association
A Utah Non Profit Organization
Robert J. Fisher, Director
Team work, focuses on property rights conflicts with zoning and planning departments in cities and

Rural Utahns For Local Solutions (RUFLS)
Brad Van Dyke
Exposing the threat to private property rights and the future of rural population posed by the proposed National Mormon Pioneer Heritage Area and Heritage Highway 89 Alliance.

Additional Resources
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Biosphere Reserves in

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


Utah State Legislature


State News

  • "National Property Rights Ombudsman Bill Announced" — U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, Press Release, Sandy, Utah, July 5, 2005
    The "Empower Act" would apply the Utah model of a State Property Rights Ombudsman to the federal government, to inform people of their rights and actively work to help property owners to take full advantage of their rights.
    More on this topic: Eminent Domain—National
  •  "Rural Utahns for Local Solutions: New Developments - Heritage Areas" - By Brad Van Dyke, Rural Utahns Media Release, June 22, 2004
    The Heritage Alliance worked out a deal with County Commissioners who wanted changes in the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area legislation to include resource-based industry instead of solely crafters, artisans, and tourism. The Commissioners instead were given a place on the Alliance board of directors.
    More on this topic: Heritage Rivers and Areas
  • "Rural Utahns for Local Solutions letter to U.S. Senator Robert F. Bennett in Opposition to the National Mormon Pioneer Heritage Area" - By Brad Van Dyke, June 10, 2003
    The proposed National Mormon Pioneer Heritage Area has no local support in spite of claims to the contrary, threatens private property rights with central control over land use, favors low-paying tourism jobs while threatening to drive up the price of property so that local people can not afford to live where they work, and threatens the independent local heritage of the Mormon culture. Property owners in the area of the Capital Reefs National Park, to be included in the National Heritage Area, are fed up with the Park Service, which has closed down family logging businesses to preserve the viewshed.
    More on this topic: Heritage Rivers and Areas

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  • "Utah Property Rights Association, Inc. is organized" (January 2003)
    Robert J. Fisher, executive director, announced the formation of the non-profit Utah Property Rights Association based in Murray, Utah. They are organizing for zoning and planning hearings, as well as other important property rights issues. Robert Fisher extends a hearty welcome to new members.
    More on this topic: Heritage Rivers and Areas

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