The "big three" Northern Forest
The National Audubon Society -
Annual Budget = $37 million (1991)
Under former president Peter A.A. Berle, made the superzoning
of 3 million acres of private land in Adirondacks a national
campaign, calling for 2,000 acre per house zoning and 650,000
acres State acquisition of private land. Teamed up with Adirondack
Council whose spokesman wrote Northern Forest Lands campaign
The Sierra Club - Annual Budget
= $40 million (1991)
Leading Campaign for "7th-Generation"
Constitutional amendment to destroy Fifth Amendment private
Leader of national "Eco-Region" campaign.
Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund currently has 150 active
lawsuits against private property, forestry and business including
eight lawsuits to stop logging in Western National Forests
and several to stop forest product manufacturing.
The Wilderness Society - Annual Budget
- $18 million (1990)
Uncompromising national advocate of grandiose wilderness areas,
now redefined as continuous "wildlands" comprising
hundreds of millions of acres each by "conservation biologists."
A key organizer and fiscal agent (a sort of money launderer to
hide the source) for Environmental Grantmakers Association (W.
Alton Jones, Pew Charitable Trust, Bullitt Foundation), who funded
and directed the Ancient Forest Campaign in the west, which destroyed
community after community.
Likely methods of expanded land condemnation
Industry coerced to donate land as "mitigations"
and to act as a strawman for U.S. Forest Service in same
way as land trusts.
Inverse condemnation of private forest holdings via environmental
lawsuits over "pollution" and endangered species.
The "Northern Forest Lands" Grab
Size: 25,800,000 acres
NY: 7,600,000 acres officially (incl. 6,000,000 public &
private in Adirondack Park)
VT: 2,000,000 acres
NH: 1,200,000 acres
ME: 15,000,000 acres
Boundaries: "Defined" by map but no clear definition
Private land: 21,800,000 acres
Government land: 4,000,000 acres, mainly in NY
"The Northern Forest Alliance"
Appalachian Mountain Club
Appalachian Trail Conference
Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks
Conservation Law Foundation
Defenders of Wildlife
Environmental Air Force
Garden Club of America
Green Mountain Club
Green Mountain Forest Watch
Maine Audubon Society
National Audubon Society*
National Wildlife Federation
Natural Resources Council of Maine
Natural Resources Defense Council
New Hampshire Wildlife Federation
New York Rivers United
Residents' Committee to Protect the Adirondacks
RESTORE: The North Woods
Student Environmental Action Coalition
Trust for Public Land
Vermont Audubon Council
Vermont Natural Resources Council
Vermont Land Trust
* consortium leaders