Kansas Natural Resources Coalition: Property rights powerhouse from the Heartland

Although KNRC’s roots are in Kansas–the middle of America both literally and figuratively–they hope to have impact far beyond the geographical Heartland. Having recently expanded their reach into Minnesota, KNRC hopes to open regional branches throughout the nation.  by Marjorie Haun The Kansas Natural Resources Coalition (KNRC) is ascending on the national scene as a formidable advocate for property rights and citizen-centered governance of lands, […]

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Property rights hang in the balance in Wisconsin riverfront parcels taking case

…when the Murr children approached St. Croix County in 2004 to sell the vacant lot to finance improvements at their parents’ cabin, they were told they could neither sell nor develop the property thanks to regulations put in place in the 1970s. A 1975 county ordinance based on state regulations required a total area of at least an acre to […]

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Minnesota ‘Buffers Act’ will take thousands of productive acres from rural landowners

When enforcement of the ‘Buffers Act’ begins in a few months, all productive economic activity within the buffer zones will be prohibited. Not only is the value of the land taken away, but all potential value from future economic use will also be lost. by Marjorie Haun In April of 2016, Mark Dayton (D), the Governor of Minnesota approved a […]

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Utah House passes first of its kind ‘livestock harassment’ bill

…some youths were using vehicles to frighten and chase down baby cows. According to Chew, “The kids were laughing while chasing the calves and running them over, and they put videos of it on the Internet.” Chew said that the owner of the livestock contacted the local Sheriff about the incident, and although he made some arrests in the case, there was no guidance in […]

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California county may owe dairy farmers $48 million for taking of private land

San Bernardino County could pay $48 million for the property of one of the few remaining Chino dairy farmers after the family complained in a lawsuit that most of their spread, located under a landing pattern for Chino Airport, had been turned into a no-build zone without compensation. Richard K. DeAtley Daily Bulletin San Bernardino County may have to pay […]

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Forest Service to takeover private land in Colorado county where 96% already under federal control

“As a county with 96.5% public land (of which 48% is Wilderness or de facto wilderness), three national forests, and BLM land, we have a heightened level of interest in any further loss of private land in our County.” by Marjorie Haun On January 18, the Commissioners of Hinsdale County, Colorado wrote a letter to their representatives in Washington D.C. alerting them […]

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Forest Service confiscates private property despite willingness of landowners to negotiate

The government’s claim that it, and hence the public, had a right to use the property without purchasing or negotiating with the family for an easement, meant that Wonder Ranch had to file a lawsuit against the government to quiet title to the property—meaning eliminate the government’s claim to a prescriptive easement. Terry Anderson Property and Environment Research Center USFS Claims Easement through […]

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Endangered Species Act: Poster child for backwards incentives

What if those incentives were reversed? What if landowners were paid to create and preserve habitat, or better yet, to raise endangered species as efficiently as they raise livestock? What if landowners knew that if a species’ population fell below a certain number it would certainly be listed — and if its population rose above a defined number it would […]

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Feds use environmental law to ramp up war on rural America

That’s what happens, for instance, when the EPA threatens landowners with $37,500 per day in fines ($1 mil per month) for actions as innocuous as building a livestock pond, clearing trash from a ditch, or plowing a field. None of those look like the “discharge” of a “pollutant” into a “navigable water” but, if you squint real hard, they have […]

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Endangered Species Act: Conservation or assault on property rights?

Fostering landowner resentment and hard feelings towards the government is counterproductive because private landowners are the key to successful endangered species conservation. Nationwide, private lands harbor 78% of endangered species, compared to 50% for federal land. Furthermore, this country’s millions of private landowners represent by far the largest force for conservation. The hundreds of thousands of Americans who have working […]

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