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  • Judge Unbelievably Refuses to Grant a Retrial for Former Rep. Renzi

    01/04/2016 12:29:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | January 4, 2016 | Rachel Alexander
    Tucson Federal District Court Judge David Bury issued a decision on December 30 denying a retrial for imprisoned former Congressman Rick Renzi of Arizona, developments which I've been tracking over the last six months. Bizarrely, at the same time, Bury admitted in his nine-page opinion that virtually everything factual Renzi had asserted in his motion for a retrial regarding the prosecution's misconduct was true. The prosecution withheld exculpatory evidence from Renzi's defense — which likely would have changed the jury's mind — not just once, but multiple times. Some of it was not discovered until after the trial was over,...
  • Nature ISN'T fragile nor a bossy mother-in-law - top eco boffin

    04/05/2012 1:35:31 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | 4th April 2012 12:42 GMT | Andrew Orlowski
    Get rid of hippies, save the planetThe Green movement needs to rethink its philosophy from the ground-up. That's according to Peter Kareiva, a leading conservation expert and chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy, the world's biggest environmental group.It must abandon the idea that nature is "feminine" and in particular that it's "fragile", he said, because not only is this artificial, it's wrong, and so many bad ideas follow.When people believe that a fragile "Mother Nature" is harmed by anything humans do, it's actually the humans who suffer, Kareiva argues in the co-written essay Conservation in the Anthropocene. It's little wonder...
  • Maine dam removal aims to rescue fish species

    06/12/2012 8:29:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 11, 2012 | David Abel
    When the steel claw of an excavator slashes into the berm of the Great Works Dam on Monday morning, it will mark the start of a multimillion-dollar project to allow endangered and dwindling species to return to their historic spawning grounds along Maines longest river, the Penobscot. When the project is done - scheduled for 2015, after an additional dam is razed and another bypassed - it will open access to 1,000 miles of habitat for the native fish, including endangered Atlantic salmon and short-nosed sturgeon that journey from the Gulf of Maine to breed in the cold, fresh waters...
  • Agenda 21, Secular Humanism, and the Animalization of Americans

    09/18/2009 9:22:24 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 701 replies · 7,918+ views
    Conservative Underground ^ | 15-Sep-2009 | Linda Kimball
    The murderous secular humanist religions of Communism and Nazism were spawned by the anti-God/utopian tradition of Revolutionary France. The Black Book of Communism, an 800- page compendium of the crimes of Communist regimes worldwide, graphically details the terror, torture, man-made famine, mass deportations, starvation, and massacres undertaken on behalf of revolutionary utopian ideals. The reality of Communism, which claimed to be an emissary of the Enlightenment, of universal brotherhood, and of happiness for all as envisioned by Gracchus Babeuf, turned out to be not only a sadistic engine for unimaginable evil but also the creator of hells on earth. The...
  • Henry Paulson Campaign Donations

    10/04/2008 7:09:23 PM PDT · by proudtobeanamerican1 · 4 replies · 418+ views
    News Meat ^ | News Meat Think they all voted for the bill? I was just doing some research on Mr. Paulson. From Wikipedia - He has intimate relations with China elite and has visited over 70 times. He is co-chair of The Nature Conservancy's Asia Pacific Council and founding chair of the School of Economics and Management at the University of Tsinghua. He loves snakes. He is quoted as saying he "likes to hold them and look at them". His wife is quoted as saying "He had that snake look in his eyes". He is a Christian Scientist. (I don't know much about this,...
  • Bio-Foolish Behavior

    02/22/2008 5:18:58 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies · 162+ views
    IBD ^ | February 22, 2008
    Environment: In 2005, America used 15% of its corn crop to replace just 2% of its gasoline. Two new studies say use of biofuels will leave the world a warmer and hungrier place.The law of unintended consequences has reared its ugly head once again, with a study published in the Feb. 7 issue of the journal Science. According to University of Minnesota ecologist and study co-author David Tilman, converting the grasslands of the U.S. to corn for ethanol releases excess CO2 emissions of 134 metric tons per hectare (equal to 2.47 acres). The reason is that plants, from grasses to...
  • The Money and Connections Behind Al Gores Carbon Crusade

    10/13/2007 4:35:26 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 69 replies · 3,134+ views
    Human Events ^ | 10/03/2007 | Deborah Corey Barnes
    Al Gores campaign against global warming is shifting into high gear. Reporters and commentators follow his every move and bombard the public with notice of his activities and opinions. But while the mainstream media promote his ideas about the state of planet Earth, they are mostly silent about the dramatic impact his economic proposals would have on America. And journalists routinely ignore evidence that he may personally benefit from his programs. Would the romance fizzle if Gores followers realized how much their man stands to gain? Earlier this year Gore experienced a notable public relations debacle. The Tennessee Center for...
  • CA: 37,000 Acres of Irvine Ranch Receives Prestigious National Natural Landmark Designation

    10/10/2006 4:59:28 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 29 replies · 523+ views
    Business Wire ^ | October 10, 2006 | Press Release
    37,000 Acres of Irvine Ranch Land Receives Prestigious National Natural Landmark Designation from U.S. Department of Interior The Irvine Ranch National Natural Landmark joins Mount Shasta, Anza Borrego, Hawaiis Diamond Head and other beloved national landmarks Honor recognizes designated land as a nationally significant natural area First site in California to receive NNL designation since 1987 Land is a shining example of our nations natural treasures, says National Park Service Director Fran Mainella Governor Schwarzenegger notes, Todays event celebrates another area of our state that can be enjoyed for generations. NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Standing on...
  • CA: Another Water Bond in the Pipeline [Prop 84]

    10/03/2006 11:23:34 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 9 replies · 591+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 3, 2006 | Nancy Vogel
    Voters may feel deja vu when they ponder Proposition 84 on the Nov. 7 ballot, because like five other bond measures in the last decade, it promises clean water, flood control, better parks and coastal protection. And like the last water bond to go before voters, in 2002, Proposition 84 was written by a Sacramento lobbyist whose clients are land preservation and environmental groups that stand to win public money for pet projects through the measure. Of the $11 billion that Californians have borrowed over the last decade ... less than $1 billion remains. Proposition 84 carries the highest price...
  • The Bureau of "Nature Conservancy"

    05/30/2006 6:27:27 AM PDT · by palmer · 21 replies · 560+ views
    Trumpet America ^ | JOYCE MORRISON
    The Bureau of "Nature Conservancy" How this non-governmental entity governs... Article, with links to related material, posted May 26, 2006 at Trumpet America JOYCE MORRISON * The Bureau of "Nature Conservancy" It would almost appear The Nature Conservancy has been given bureau status with the United States government. They don't need appropriations to run their bureau as they are funded from grants given to them by their close partnerships, Memorandums of Understanding, agreements, and other connections to government agencies - as well as public donations. One of TNC's most recent actions as a bureau has been the signing of an...
  • The Nature Conservancy Applauds President...Virginia Wildlife Refuge(Are Pigs FLYING??)

    02/10/2006 9:05:21 AM PST · by GreenFreeper · 19 replies · 515+ views
    The Nature Conservancy ^ | 2/10/2006 | TNC
    Administration seeks $2.27 million for Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge NASSAWADOX, Va. The Nature Conservancy today applauded President Bushs request to fund the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge with $2.27 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund in Fiscal Year 2007. The Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge and much of the surrounding area in southern Northampton County, are widely recognized as globally important habitat for millions of migratory birds. The Nature Conservancy works with the refuge staff, state agencies and private landowners on the Eastern Shore to protect these vital natural areas...
  • CA: A plan to boost green projects - Coalition in state drafts parks, water measure for ballot

    12/30/2005 9:25:03 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 509+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 12/30/05 | Paul Rogers
    In an unusual campaign to hedge their political bets, a coalition of 11 leading environmental groups has quietly drafted a ballot measure asking California voters next year to approve the largest parks and water bond in state history. The proposed measure, now awaiting a title and summary from California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, would raise $5.4 billion to shore up aging levees in San Francisco Bay's delta, build new drinking water treatment plants, fund flood control, restore salmon runs and purchase new parklands from Monterey Bay to Lake Tahoe to inner-city Los Angeles. --snip-- ``We're hopeful the governor and the...
  • Senate panel wants stricter nonprofit laws (Nature Conservancy)

    06/09/2005 4:38:55 PM PDT · by madfly · 29 replies · 596+ views ^ | June 7, 2005 | MARY DALRYMPLE, AP TAX WRITER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - After two years dissecting The Nature Conservancy, the Senate Finance Committee reported Tuesday that large charities may need stricter laws to prevent insider deals, regulate moneymaking ventures and open more activities to public scrutiny. Committee Chairman Charles Grassley said the panel's report, to be examined in a Wednesday hearing, shows The Nature Conservancy engaged in aggressive planning to maximize tax advantages. It acted no differently than many large corporations, and such planning is probably widespread among large charities, Grassley said. "Current law has not kept up with the sophistication and complexity of many of today's charities," the...
  • Stop The Nature Conservancy?s Midnight Sweetheart Deal!

    03/12/2005 8:04:54 AM PST · by madfly · 15 replies · 1,150+ views
    Magic City Morning Star ^ | Mar. 10, 2005 | American Land Rights Association
    Two years ago the Washington Post ran a series that exposed of The Nature Conservancy's fast and loose manipulation of the U.S tax Code. These articles along with grassroots contacts from folks like you resulted in the Senate Finance Committee conducting an investigation of the Nature Conservancy's practices. It appears The Nature Conservancy has hired high priced Washington lobbyists who are conducting private negotiations with the Senate Finance Committee. In exchange for some modest changes of the tax law, the investigation will end. Then things will largely remain business as unusual for The Nature Conservancy to continue its battle against...
  • TNC and NRSC Join Forces - Bad News for Constitutional Rights

    02/24/2005 8:28:07 PM PST · by hedgetrimmer · 43 replies · 738+ views
    The Sierra Times ^ | 02. 23. 05 | Nancy Levant
    On February 18, The Nature Conservancy partnered with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, which is a division of the United States Department of Agriculture. This is another partnership with immense powers and no public input, whatsoever no knowledge, no discussion, no opinion, no vote, nothing. The Nature Conservancy is a non-profit. That is laughable. TNC is a multi-billion dollar non-profit biodiversity conservation organization with assets nearing 3 billion dollars. They are a global land acquisition group up to its eyeballs in U.N. global governance missions and Agenda 21 implementation, and it partners with anyone who will further its agenda...
  • Dam Builder Tries New Role: Dam Breaker

    09/22/2004 1:24:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 697+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 22, 2004 | IAN URBINA
    Tucked away in Orange County, N.Y., a 90-year-old dam will start coming down today. Piece by piece, a team of engineers from the Nature Conservancy and the Army Corps of Engineers will begin removing major parts of the Cuddebackville Dam on the Neversink River as part of a painstaking effort to save an endangered mussel that is blocked by the dam from going upstream. The project is the first in New York history in which a dam is being removed for purely environmental reasons. It also signals a change of purpose for the Army Corps of Engineers, which has spent...

    08/15/2004 1:18:09 PM PDT · by take · 39 replies · 1,919+ views
    Green Wealth: Funding the Enemy Green and animal rights organizations do not subsist on the sale of calendars, books, and stuffed animals. They are wealthy beyond the comprehension of most Americans and others who support them in the belief they are "protecting the environment" and saving animals from "cruelty" and "extinction." You will be astonished to learn that there are more than 4,000 environmental groups in America today. "And the number is growing," warns Ron Arnold of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, "and they are really out to get you." Worse, they have the clout and the...
  • Land for proposed Joshua Hill project purchased (by 2 conservancies)

    07/01/2004 5:34:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 290+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/1/04 | AP - LA
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two conservancies paid $13.2 million to purchase 4,520 acres of sensitive desert habitat once slated to become the site of a new city, the conservancies announced Thursday. In addition, the Nature Conservancy and the state-owned Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy said they would buy about another 4,000 acres as part of their plan to protect sand dunes and palm oases and to create a wildlife corridor between the nearly 800,000-acre Joshua Tree National Park and the 20,000-acre Coachella Valley Preserve in southeastern California. The land was once slated as the site of the Joshua Hills development, which...
  • Charities' Tax Breaks Scrutinized

    06/28/2004 7:24:36 AM PDT · by madfly · 6 replies · 370+ views ^ | June 20, 2004 | Albert B. Crenshaw
    Congress has reacted angrily to revelations of abuses by a wide variety of charities, including scandals at well-established organizations such as United Way and the Nature Conservancy, and the disclosure that some tax-exempt groups have been acting as "accommodation parties" in abusive tax shelters. In the wake of a long-running series of scandals and controversies involving charities and nonprofits, Congress's tax-writing committees are launching an effort this week to crack down on fraudulent activities and tighten laws governing tax exemptions for those groups. The Senate Finance Committee will look at a broad range of possible revisions, including changes that would...
  • The Nature Conservancy joins forces with the US Corps of Engineers

    06/26/2004 10:44:36 AM PDT · by madfly · 24 replies · 361+ views
    The Illinois Leader ^ | 6-23-2004 | Joyce Morrison
    OPINION -- The Mighty Mississippi River is truly unique - it is the main artery dividing the East from the West. This magnificent river is multi-purpose. The river supports habitat for all kinds of plant and animal species on its many islands and along the extensive shoreline. There are hundreds of little fingers and coves where recreation abounds, while co-existing with many species that call the river area their home. Long overdue legislation has been introduced authorizing 1200 foot locks to be built on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers to replace the outdated 600 foot locks. The shipping industry, commercial...
  • RED ALERT: Socialist agenda being pushed through the California Legislature

    06/20/2004 10:15:39 PM PDT · by farmfriend · 208 replies · 3,665+ views
    Socialist agenda being pushed through the California Legislature.ALERT:Hearing scheduled for Sierra Nevada Conservancy bills 6/29/04 AB 2600 (Laird) SUMMARY : Creates within the Resources Agency the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (Conservancy) to acquire and manage land for various specified public objectives, and to make grants for those purposes, in the Sierra Nevada-Cascade Mountain Region. AB 1788 (Leslie) SUMMARY : Creates within the Resources Agency the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (Conservancy) to acquire and manage land for various specified public objectives, and to make grants for those purposes, in the Sierra Nevada Region. AB 2631 (Wolk) SUMMARY : Establishes an interagency council (more...

    06/02/2004 9:51:46 AM PDT · by madfly · 22 replies · 200+ views
    The Illinois Leader ^ | June 2, 2004 | Joyce Morrison
    OPINION -- At a financial seminar last weekend we were told our government is $17 trillion dollars in debt and only $6 trillion can be generated from taxes to apply to this indebtedness. This leaves a deficit of $11 trillion to be found from somewhere . . . but where? This raises the question of how revenue can be generated to pay this tremendous debt, some of which is held by foreign nations? If we have no gold or silver standard to support our currency, what do we have? We have land and resources with great value. But over...
  • Property Rights is not just a Western problem

    09/10/2001 10:59:39 PM PDT · by brityank · 93 replies · 3,025+ views
    See Article Text | 11 September, 2001 | brityank
    Property Rights is not just a Western problem Over the past few weeks, we have been inundated with heartrending stories concerning the theft of Property Rights by various government agencies manned by unelected bureaucrats foisting their policy regulations with no valid constitutional basis. I believe it fair to say most of us are not only concerned, but getting damned angry in finding just how pervasive the usurpative practices are becoming in even the smallest of communities. Back in the early Eighties, I bought a small agricultural holding with an old eight room house, a tri-level 20,000 sq.ft. post-and-beam barn, ...
  • The Gillette Company, United Nations Foundation Announce Partnership Restore Wetlands World Heritage

    03/22/2004 3:52:31 PM PST · by baltimoreman · 12 replies · 226+ views ^ | 3/22/04 | United Nations Foundation
    The Gillette Company, The Nature Conservancy, United Nations Foundation Announce Partnership to Restore Wetlands Partnership's Inaugural Project Provides $750, 000 to Protect Yucatan's Sian Ka'an World Heritage Site Miami, FloridaMarch 22, 2004The Gillette Company, The Nature Conservancy and the United Nations Foundation today announced the launch of the International Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership (ICWRP), an innovative private-public initiative to restore wetlands and other aquatic habitats around the world. The Nature Conservancy, Gillette and the UN Foundation are providing $750,000 for the ICWRP's inaugural project to conserve freshwater, marine and coastal resources in and around Mexico's Sian Ka'an World Heritage/Ramsar site,...
  • California in unparalleled drive to save coast from development

    03/24/2004 8:45:15 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 127+ views
    FResno Bee ^ | 3/24/04 | Jim wasserman - AP
    <p>PESCADERO, Calif. (AP) - Mark and Dawn Kemp never thought such coastal quietude was possible on the Pacific shore, just 20 miles from the hustle of Silicon Valley.</p> <p>"I can't believe that we aren't seeing hotels and commercial growth scooping all this up," said Mark Kemp, making just his second trip to the seaside.</p>
  • TNC comes to Tennessee and Alabama..{The "Nature" Conservancy}

    03/04/2004 5:25:40 AM PST · by George Frm Br00klyn Park · 22 replies · 533+ views
    Eco-Logic / Powerhouse ^ | Posted 03/01/2003 | Ken Freeman
    Eco-Logic / Powerhouse TNC comes to Tennessee and Alabama...{The "Nature" Conservancy}Posted 03/01/2003 Buy A Little, Steal A Lot By Ken Freeman Alabama voters have resolutely rejected higher taxation and are stridently demanding smaller, more efficient state government. Yet, Governor Riley's 2004 budget proposes that almost 17.5 million dollars of our oil and gas revenues be allocated for the removal of thousands of acres of privately owned lands from our state's tax rolls and that they be placed under government ownership in a program called "Alabama Forever Wild." This is not only a misuse of our tax dollars and a loss...
  • IRS to Audit Nature Conservancy from Inside

    01/16/2004 11:30:40 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies · 768+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 17, 2004 | Joe Stephens and David B. Ottaway
    A team of IRS examiners will move into the global headquarters of the Nature Conservancy in Arlington to begin auditing the charity, the world's largest environmental organization. A letter sent to the Conservancy by the Internal Revenue Service last month indicates that the audit will be of uncommon scope for a charity, tax specialists said. The memorandum proposes a preliminary meeting between four IRS examiners and the Conservancy's chief financial officer to discuss logistics, communications, telephone access, equipment and accommodations. The IRS will examine 2002 tax returns, the letter said. "It is unusual," said former IRS commissioner Donald C. Alexander,...
  • Stealing our children's birthright

    12/16/2003 6:35:44 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies · 146+ views
    ESR ^ | December 15, 2003 | Henry Lamb
    The generation that fought so hard to save the world from communism is now working feverishly to condemn America's future to socialism. Through dozens of programs, all designed to "protect" the land from development, we are transforming America from the land of the free, to a nation of renters. Nearly every week, The Nature Conservancy announces a new scheme to "protect" vast stretches of land, through outright purchase, the purchase of development rights, or through conservation easements. TNC claims they have protected nearly 12 million acres already, and have their eye on another three million acres in Alabama and Tennessee....
  • Land Trust Tax Scam

    09/09/2003 5:31:32 AM PDT · by attagirl · 4 replies · 188+ views
    e-mail ^ | 9/8/03 | J. Zane Walley
    Subject FW: URGENT action Alert !! HR 7 / Land Trust Tax Scam : ONE More Day!!! -----Original Message----- From: J. Zane Walley [] Sent: Monday, September 08, 2003 4:47 PM To: J. Zane Walley Subject: URGENT action Alert !! HR 7 / Land Trust Tax Scam : ONE More Day!!! Importance: High Fellow Americans: Apparently, we may have the Land Trusts on the run - Congressmen Herger, Blunt, Pombo and Cannon are really speaking out for us - we may win this!!! PLEASE PLEASE forward the email below to your lists, and act on it yourself, we can win...
  • Greens Seeing Red

    07/07/2003 7:47:07 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 285+ views ^ | July 7, 2003 | Lowell Ponte
    IT ISNT EASY BEING GREEN, SANG MUPPET Kermit the Frog. This has been a nearly silent spring, a chilly start to the 2004 political season for those leftists who camouflage themselves in the olive drab anti-business, anti-private property rhetoric of extreme environmentalism. The prospects for imposing socialism via the back door of eco-regulation have declined to their lowest ebb since 1970, when the first Earth Day was set to coincide with the 100th birthday of Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin. The reasons for this fade in Green politics are many. Science and uncertainty have undercut the simpleton certitude that used...
  • A Preservation Tax Coming to Town?

    06/29/2003 9:03:58 AM PDT · by farmfriend · 4 replies · 231+ views ^ | June 29, 2003 | Indrani Sen
    A Preservation Tax Coming to Town? Referendum could extend East End's real estate levy west By Indrani Sen STAFF WRITER June 29, 2003 The popular real estate transfer tax that has raked millions into a fund for open space preservation in the East End could be extended to the Town of Brookhaven, after a bill authorizing the tax passed the state Senate and Assembly at the end of last session. Brookhaven voters will decide in a November referendum whether to institute a tax of 2 percent on home purchases over $250,000 and land buys over $150,000. Officials estimate that the...
  • The Biodiversity-Socialist Movement in Pennsylvania {And your state, too...}

    06/21/2003 10:54:27 AM PDT · by George Frm Br00klyn Park · 20 replies · 528+ views
    ECO - LOGIC ^ | 06/15/2003 | Dr. N. Charles Bolgiano
    Eco Logic06/15/2003 And your state, too... The Biodiversity-Socialist Movement in Pennsylvania By Dr. N. Charles Bolgiano Landowners and sportsmen in Pennsylvania are beginning to learn how devastating, threatening and costly the Biodiversity - Socialist movement in Pennsylvania has become. It is not only a serious threat to hunting sports, but goes much further, by threatening the very foundations on which this Nation was founded, namely, the 1st and 2nd Amendments of the Constitution, and the basic right to own property. Several years ago (1996-97) the State was paid a visit by Maurice Strong, a Canadian Socialist, and chief organizer of...
  • Conservancy Abandons Disputed Practices - Land Deals, Loans Were Questioned

    06/14/2003 11:33:22 AM PDT · by Ethan_Allen · 24 replies · 1,079+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 14, 2003 | Joe Stephens and David B. Ottaway
    "The Nature Conservancy announced last night that it is permanently abandoning a range of practices, from drilling for oil to lending employees money to selling undeveloped land to its trustees as home sites. The board's actions followed a day-long, closed-door meeting at the charity's Arlington headquarters, during which it weighed issues and criticisms raised over the past month by two U.S. senators and by some of the nonprofit organization's 1 million members......... ......Finally, the board will hire independent outside advisers to help it review its governance and oversight policies. The Conservancy's actions came as its activities were coming under increasing...
  • Wilderness bewilderment (Nature Conservancy Eco-Scandal)

    05/29/2003 12:13:48 AM PDT · by Stultis · 62 replies · 503+ views
    The Guardian (U.K.) ^ | 29 May 2003 | Oliver Burkeman
    Wilderness bewilderment A leading protector of US countryside has been severely tarnished by an astonishing environmental scandal Oliver Burkeman in WashingtonThursday May 29, 2003The Guardian The world's wealthiest green group may be investigated by the US government in the light of allegations that it has engaged in practices more commonly associated with the enemies of the environment. Nature Conservancy felled trees, allegedly drilled for gas beneath the last breeding-ground of an endangered bird and sold unspoilt land at discounted prices to its trustees so they could build luxury homes in some of America's most beautiful landscapes, according to the Washington...
  • Big Green Blues (Nature Conservancy)

    05/17/2003 6:41:46 PM PDT · by madfly · 36 replies · 949+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | May 12, 2003 | Editorial
    Big Green Blues IN ITS 52 YEARS, the Nature Conservancy has been a force for good in protecting the global environment. With its "bucks and acres" program to buy land and thereby promote biodiversity, the Conservancy -- with $3 billion in assets the world's richest environmental group -- has acquired millions of acres, and it manages millions more. Those good works notwithstanding, a series last week by Post reporters David B. Ottaway and Joe Stephens revealed a number of disturbing aspects about the Arlington-based group's operations. One is the tricky position the organization has put itself in by taking contributions...
  • Insider trading infects Nature Conservancy

    05/17/2003 6:19:04 PM PDT · by madfly · 26 replies · 468+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | May 15, 2003 | Editorial
    Insider trading infects Nature Conservancy Palm Beach Post Editorial Thursday, May 15, 2003 The Nature Conservancy, whose brand name is right up there with Good Housekeeping, has been running a scam worthy of Enron. As described last week in a Washington Post series titled "Big Green," the environmental charity bought pristine lands, then sold them at a discount to trustees for fabulous private-home sites. Nature Conservancy President and CEO Steven J. McCormick whined that the Post had "painted a distorted picture" and "misrepresented our motives and methods." Wrong response. The Nature Conservancy, with 1 million members and $3 billion in...
  • Landmark Calls for Probe into EPA Grants to Nature Conservancy

    05/16/2003 2:55:10 PM PDT · by farmfriend · 44 replies · 812+ views
    Landmark Legal Foundation ^ | May 15, 2003 | Press Release
    Landmark Calls for Probe into EPA Grants to Nature ConservancyFor Immediate Release May 15, 2003 CONTACT: Eric Christensen 703-689-2370 703-689-2373 (fax) (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...
  • Nonprofit Sells Scenic Acreage to Allies at a Loss [EnviroScam]

    05/06/2003 6:54:58 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 36 replies · 194+ views
    Wash Post ^ | 5/6/3
    On New York's Shelter Island, the Nature Conservancy three years ago bought an undeveloped, 10-acre tract overlooking its Mashomack Preserve, an oasis of hardwoods and tidal pools located just a stone's skip from the exclusive Hamptons. Cost to the charity: $2.1 million. Seven weeks later, it resold the land, with some development restrictions, to James Dougherty, former chairman of the charity's regional chapter, and his wife, Nancy, a trustee at the Conservancy's preserve. Cost to the Doughertys: $500,000. The transaction follows a pattern seen in Conservancy land deals across the nation. Time and again, the nonprofit has bought raw land...
  • BIG GREEN : Inside the Nature Conservancy Nonprofit Land Bank Amasses Billions

    05/05/2003 3:05:11 PM PDT · by Ethan_Allen · 29 replies · 1,462+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 4, 2003 | By David B. Ottaway and Joe Stephens
    BIG GREEN : Inside the Nature Conservancy Nonprofit Land Bank Amasses Billions Charity Builds Assets on Corporate Partnerships ___ The Nature Conservancy ___ SPECIAL REPORT Documents on the organization's transformation from a grassroots group to a corporate juggernaut. Read Today's Documents:Internal Conservancy ReportConservancy Letter to The PostFocus Group ResearchConservancy Opinion SurveyGraphic: Expanding CompanyGraphic: Corporate Friends _____More Stories_____ How a Bid to Save a Species Came to Grief (The Washington Post, May 5, 2003) On Eastern Shore, For-Profit 'Flagship' Hits Shoals (The Washington Post, May 5, 2003) The Beef About the Brand (The Washington Post, May 5, 2003)...
  • Does green money buy green legislation?

    04/19/2003 12:12:32 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies · 145+ views ^ | April 19, 2203 | Joyce Morrison
    Our Congressman says the only time the public is safe is when Congress is not in session. But then he is a special Congressman with a 100% property rights vote and a lot of common sense, a trait which is not shared with his liberal counterparts. I would blame those liberal land grabbing legislators for a lot of the messes we are facing, but they just ran for office and got elected. The people voted them into this office. Could it be people are really this liberal, and want to give away their rights? Or are they fooled by a...
  • FOREST HEALTH IS FOCUS OF RALLY: Crowd blames environmental laws for fires

    03/25/2003 2:05:01 PM PST · by madfly · 24 replies · 274+ views
    The Arizona Republic ^ | Mar. 25, 2003 | Mary Jo Pitzl
    <p>A revving chainsaw kicked off a rally Monday outside the state Capitol that blamed environmentalists for Arizona's fire-prone forests.</p> <p>Although groups from the Audubon Society to the Center for Biological Diversity were the main targets, the crowd was also displeased with the U.S. Forest Service and wary of Gov. Janet Napolitano's plans for forest health.</p>
  • Senate Poised to Vote on Huge Land Grab

    03/24/2003 10:16:23 AM PST · by aardvark1 · 45 replies · 283+ views
    American Policy Center ^ | March 20, 2003 | Tom Deweese
    Senate Poised to Vote on Huge Land Grab More Articles By Tom DeWeese March 20, 2003 Choosing a time when the attention of all Americans is on our conflict with Iraq, the Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would unleash a major attack on private property rights. It would empower environmental groups and government agencies to use taxpayer funds to purchase land. The bill, S. 476, called the "Faith-based Initiative," has two insidious sections, 106 and 107, that call for a 25% tax cut on capital gains of land sales, but only if the land is sold...
  • The Nature Conservancy and General Motors

    03/13/2003 11:16:11 PM PST · by farmfriend · 17 replies · 334+ views
    The Nature Conservancy and General MotorsIn 1994, The Nature Conservancy and General Motors began a relationship that was unprecedented for both organizations because of its size and scope; $10 million in cash and trucks over 10 years. General Motors was drawn to the Conservancy because its collaborative approach promotes a healthy economy and a healthy environment. It also generates innovative initiatives within local communities that preserve our landscapes, help local economies and save precious places around the world. During the past eight and one-half years, GM has donated more than $6.6 million in cash and more than 150 trucks to...
  • My Camping Trip on the Border

    03/10/2003 8:30:59 PM PST · by JackelopeBreeder · 35 replies · 294+ views
    Me | 10 March 2003 | JackelopeBreeder
    Fellow Freepers, this weekend I found what might be the most idyllic camp site in all of Arizona. People would fight over it anywhere here in the southwest. Now picture this: A level grassy spot on a bluff twenty feet above a river, with the gentle murmur of the water passing over the rocks below; slow enough to sound restful, fast enough not to breed mosquitoes. Tall cottonwood trees lining both banks, with their leaves rustling in the breeze. Birds calling in the distance. Ten feet away from the best spot for a tent is the grandmother of all cottonwoods,...
  • The Wildlands Project The Heritage Data Base The Rush for Technology

    01/21/2003 3:32:29 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 243+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 01. 20. 03 | Judy Keeler
    During the 80s there was a rush within the environmental movement to see which computerized database would become the model. The Nature Conservancy won with its Natural Heritage Program. The money to develop the database came from various sources, including state and federal grants, as well as, foundational and private funding. The database listed endangered and special status species and the type of habitat where they were usually found. Once established as the best program, TNC sent a team consisting of a botanist, zoologist, ecologist and data-processing specialist into each state to record historical sightings. Using existing books, theses and...

    01/09/2003 6:49:50 AM PST · by madfly · 41 replies · 335+ views
    The Business Journal ^ | Jan. 8, 2003 | Mike Sunnucks
    Environmentalists set agendaMike Sunnucks The Business JournalA newly formed coalition of environmental and preservation groups has released its political agenda for 2003. The Arizona Conservation Alliance wants to protect state funding for environmental programs such as land preservation as well as air and water quality. The group also wants gasoline tax revenue to be used for transit systems, not just roads and highways; to preserve the Clean Elections public campaign financing; and for border and law enforcement agencies to be more sensitive of the environmental damage caused by off-road vehicles, road and wall construction and intense night lighting....

    12/12/2002 6:41:02 AM PST · by madfly · 32 replies · 416+ views
    The Business Journal ^ | Dec. 11, 2002 | Mike Sunnucks
    Democratic governor-elect Janet Napolitano has tapped a real estate executive, a state senator, an environmentalist and a former aide to Al Gore to make up her national resources team. Napolitano is nominating commercial real estate executive Mark Winkelman to head the Arizona Land Department, which oversees state-owned property and open spaces. Winkelman was active in Napolitano's campaign and is founder and managing partner of MGS Partners LLC. The governor-elect has picked Lori Faeth as her environmental policy advisor. Faeth currently serves as the Arizona lobbyist for the Nature Conservancy one of the top environmental and conservation advocacy groups.Steve...
  • Billionaire Collectivist Pigs on a Roll

    10/13/2002 2:12:41 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies · 1,710+ views ^ | Oct. 12, 2002 | Diane Alden
    This is the second article in a three-part series on corporate feudalism and our erstwhile billionaire collectivist pigs. Read Part I: The Left-Wing Billionaire Collectivist Pigs. Toward State and Corporate Feudalism Why do our economic, political and intellectual elites promote the one-world-fits-all collectivist cultural, economic and political template for America and humankind? Why do billionaires like Bill Gates Sr. and Jr., Ted Turner, George Soros, Alan Greenspan and yes, even supposedly conservative elites advance globalism and collectivism? They do so by paying for it, encouraging it and setting in motion all the policies and systems which will deconstruct and recreate...
  • Property Rights Take A Hit

    10/04/2002 5:51:51 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 5 replies · 262+ views
    Toogood Reports ^ | October 4, 2002 | Tom DeWeese
    A long-planned October rally in Collier Country, Florida calling itself the "Sawgrass Rebellion" to support property rights, imploded and was cancelled in the face of a determined effort to deny it the right to meet anywhere. You could almost hear the cheering in the offices of the Sierra Club, the Nature Conservancy, the Army Corp of Engineers, the Fish and Wild Life Service and the National Park Service. Will the juggernaut of environmental organizations and federal government agencies that have mounted an attack on the most fundamental right of an American citizen, the right to own property, succeed? If it...
  • GREEN's Keepers

    10/01/2002 7:56:50 AM PDT · by madfly · 25 replies · 549+ views
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 9-28-02 | Misty Edgecomb
    This is where the secrets are kept. _ Somewhere inside the headquarters of the state's Nature Conservancy office, on the banks of the Androscoggin River in an abandoned brick mill in Brunswick, hangs a map depicting in cheerful blocks of color the 264,370 acres of Maine owned by the nation's largest and wealthiest environmental group, and the untold acres of private land that have been targeted for future acquisition. Private property rights advocates and environmental activists would love to get a glimpse of that map. But Kent Wommack, the state Nature Conservancy director, is known for his ability to...