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  • Backgrounder posted May 17, 1999 by Alexander F. Annett The Federal Government's Poor Management of America's Land Resources

    Conserving America's land resources has been a federal concern since President Theodore Roosevelt made it a national priority more than 100 years ago. The objective was not just to conserve and protect the environment, but also to enhance the quality of life for Americans and improve the use of natural resources. Today, however, federal land management policy has strayed…

  • Executive Summary posted November 13, 1998 by Alexander F. Annett BG1234ES:  Reforming the Endangered Species Act to ProtectSpecies and Property Rights

    In October, Congress considered attaching the Endangered Species Recovery Act of 1997 (S. 1180) to the fiscal year 1999 omnibus appropriations bill. To the relief of private landowners and the future benefit of America's endangered species, Congress ultimately abandoned that proposal. Although supporters of S. 1180, including the Clinton Administration, touted it…

  • Backgrounder posted November 13, 1998 by Alexander F. Annett Reforming the Endangered Species Act to Protect Species andProperty Rights

    The incentives are wrong here. If a rare metal is on my property the value of my land goes up. But if a rare bird is on my property the value of my property goes down. --Sam Hamilton, former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administrator for Texas Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt announced on May 5, 1998, that he would recommend delisting 33 endangered…

  • Backgrounder posted November 4, 1998 by Alexander F. Annett Navigating the American Heritage Rivers: Wasting Resources onBureaucracy

    Even if Clinton's American Heritage Rivers Initiative (AHRI) is not a federal land grab or a brazen attempt to exercise federal control over local land use and zoning decisions, it is nonetheless unconstitutional. Only Congress may adopt such programs. Until Congress enacts the AHRI, Clinton has no authority to act. -- William Perry Pendley, Mountain States…

  • Executive Summary posted November 4, 1998 by Alexander F. Annett BG1231es: Navitgating the American Heritage Rivers: WastingResources on Bureaucracy

    Even if Clinton's American Heritage Rivers Initiative (AHRI) is not a federal land grab or a brazen attempt to exercise federal control over local land use and zoning decisions, it is nonetheless unconstitutional. Only Congress may adopt such programs. Until Congress enacts the AHRI, Clinton has no authority to act. --William Perry Pendley, Mountain States…

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