Skip to comments.Landmark Calls for Probe into EPA Grants to Nature Conservancy
Posted on 05/16/2003 2:55:10 PM PDT by farmfriend
Landmark Calls for Probe into EPA Grants to Nature Conservancy
For Immediate Release
May 15, 2003
CONTACT: Eric Christensen
(HERNDON, VA)...Landmark Legal Foundation has asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate whether millions of dollars in agency grants to the Nature Conservancy and its state affiliates the nations largest environmental organization with assets of more than $3 billion were misused. The Foundation has also asked the agency to suspend current and future grant payments to the group pending the outcome of the investigation.
Landmark asked EPA to ensure that none of the more than $10 million in EPA grants received by the Conservancy between 1993 and 2002 were used for purposes other than those for which they were originally intended. According to a recent series of articles in the Washington Post, the Nature Conservancy spent millions to purchase parcels of undeveloped land and then resold the land to Conservancy backers and officials at greatly discounted prices, in exchange for limitations on future development of the land. The Conservancy also spent tens of millions of dollars on commercial and residential land development projects, oil and gas drilling and other ventures.
Its becoming increasingly apparent that one of the resources the Nature Conservancy actually conserves is questionable behavior, explained Landmark President Mark R. Levin. And as one of the EPAs most frequent grant recipients, we want the agency to ensure that taxpayer funds arent finding their way into sweetheart deals for Conservancy directors or other losing business ventures.
Landmark maintains the most comprehensive, searchable database of information on federal environmental grants to nonprofit organizations on the Internet. Since 2001, the Foundation has gathered information from the EPA, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Forest Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service on grants made by those agencies to 501(c) nonprofit groups since 1993. Landmarks database can be accessed at http://www.landmarklegal.org.
In compiling our database weve learned a number of startling things about the EPAs grants to nonprofits, Levin explained. First, the EPA did not competitively bid these grants. Second, there were no outside review panels to determine the merit of grant applications; and Third, there was no effective system to oversee the proper management of these grants. The EPA needs to determine whether taxpayer funds were used properly by the Nature Conservancy.
Founded in 1976, Landmark Legal Foundation is one of the nations top conservative public interest law firms. The Foundation has won precedent-setting legal victories in the areas of environmental accountability, education reform and holding public officials accountable for their actions. Landmark has offices in Kansas City, MO and Herndon, VA.
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TNC is nothing but an abusive socialist real estate investment conglonmerate, I hope to God that you take the largest chunk possible out of their ass. I'm imagining that as we speak you're finding out exactly the monster they are.
Mark Levin of Landmark Legal is a FReeper, this is great news for people on our side. It's about time someone went after TNC.
MEGA MARK BUMP!
Give the enviro-fascists holy hell!
Every so often we see eco-terrorist attacks on property, like the torching near Aspen. I suspect that none of these Nature Conservancy backers and officials have had their opulent properties attacked by eco-terrorists!
Yes it was them. They always seem to be purchasing devalued land in areas where an "environmental crisis" is occuring. They just happen to quietly show up, every dang time ....by pure coincidence.
Always remember the bigger they are the harder they fall.
Pacific Legal Foundation and Landmark Legal Foundation are our last best hope in de-fusing all the latent "Public/Private Partnership" subversive subtrafuge that's been going on to further "Rural Cleansing" during the Clinton, Clinton & Gore administrations!!!
Thanks for this great ping, farmfriend.
There was a 3 day series in the Washington Post earlier this month, exposing them. Here are some links from Ethan_Allan's post on them:
TODAY'S ARTICLE - HOW A BID TO SAVE A SPECIES CAME TO GRIEF
Cover page for all articles is here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/nation/specials/natureconservancy/
Made my day!!!