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President Clinton and VP Gore are proposing a $1 billion per year trust fund totally focused on buying private land. Senators Frank Murkowski (R-AK), Trent Lott (R-MS) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and others have introduced S.25, which will become a $1 billion per year off-budget, dedicated, unappropriated land acquisition trust fund (entitlement). Next week Rep. Don Young (R-AK) will introduce his trust fund.

Putting one billion dollars per year in the hands of the Park Service, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and BLM automatically without having to go through the appropriations process will unleash a war on rural America that dwarfs what happened in the Carter Administration. One billion dollars would buy all the farmland in Nevada with lots of money left over. Ranchers, farmers, inholders, miners, tree farmers, and those who live in areas coveted by the Fish ad Wildlife Service will gradually disappear. Rural communities will shrivel up and die. The economic ecosystem of rural America will be destroyed forever.

Among the reasons to oppose S. 25, the Reinvestment and Environmental Restoration Act of 1999 are:


  1. Call your Congressman (202-225-3121) and Senators (202-224-3121) to urge them to oppose the Trust Fund. Ask that they call Young and Murkowski immediately to let them know of their opposition.
  1. Join the coalition. Fax or E-Mail back your confirmation of support for the Keep Private Lands In Private Hands Coalition. If you are part of an organization, get them to sign on. Time is critical.


Here is a list of participating groups (individuals count too).
It is critical to get as many local, state, regional and national groups on board as possible.

Adirondack Solidarity Alliance Alabama Family Alliance
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Assoc. Alliance for America
American Agriculture Movement, Inc. American Agri-Women
American Land Rights Association - WA American Policy Center
Americans For Tax Reform Arizona Trail Riders
Associated Industries of Vermont Black Hills Women In Timber -- SD
Blue Ribbon Coalition Bootheel Heritage Association -TX
California Outdoor Recreation League Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise
Chamber of Commerce, Wrangell – AK Citizens Against Refuge Proposal -- OH
Citizens for a Sound Economy Citizens For Constitutional Property Rights – FL
Citizens for Private Property Rights – CA Citizens for Private Property Rights –MO
Clallam County – WA Clearwater Resource Coalition – MT
Columbia Basin Environmental Council -- WA Common Sense for Maine Forests
Communities for a Great Northwest Competitive Enterprise Institute – DC
Curry County Oregon Project Davis Mountains Trans-Pecos Heritage – TX
Defenders of Property Rights East Mojave Property Owners (CA)
Eastern Oregon Mining Association Environmental Conservation Organization
Exotic Wildlife Association – TX Fairness to Land Owners Committee -- FLOC
Family Water Alliance -- CA Fire Island National Seashore Advisory Board –NY
Frontiers of Freedom Frontiers of Freedom – WY
High Desert Multiple-Use Coalition – CA Hill Country Heritage Association -- TX
Idaho Cattle Association Illinois Agri-Women
Independent Forest Products Association Kankakee River Prop. Rights Task Force -- IN
Keep Maine Free Keep ME Posted – Maine
Klamath All. for Resources and Environment – CA League of Private Property Voters
Maine Conservation Rights Institute Maine Property Rights Alliance
Montana Mining Association Montana Women Involved In Farm Economics
Montanans for Multiple-Use Mt. St. Helen Trackriders – WA
Multiple Use Association – ME/NH National Associatin of Reversionary Property Owners – WA
National Tax Limitation Committee National Taxpayers Union
National Wilderness Institute New Mexico Cattle Growers
New Mexico Public Lands Council New Mexico Woolgrowers
New Mexico Woolgrowers Action Committee New York Blue Line Council
Niobrara Basin Dev. Association – NE North Shore Association -- MI
Northeast Regional Forest Foundation – VT Northwest Council of Governments – WA
Pennsylvania Forest Industry Association Pennsylvania Landowners Association
Pennsylvania Landowners Association People for the Constitution – NV
People for the USA – Beaverhead – MT People for the USA - Dent County, MO
People for the USA - Lander Valley, WY People for the USA – Rio Virgin -- UT
People for the USA (Mojave Desert) – CA Private Landowners of Wisconsin
Property Owners Standing Together -VT Property Rights Alliance – WA
Property Rights Foundation of America - NY Public Lands for the People – CA
Republican Party of Riverside County – CA Rhode Island Wiseuse
Riverside & Landowners Protection Coalition – TX Riverside Farm Bureau – CA
Schohrie Farm Bureau – NY Small Property Owners Association
Stop Taking Our Property – IN Take Back Arkansas
Take Back Kentucky Texas Wildlife Association
Trans Texas Heritage Association Tuolumne All. For Resources and Environment
U S Taxpayers Alliance Unorganized Territories United, Maine
Vermont Cabinet Makers Vermont Forest Products Association
Washington Contract Loggers Association Washington County Alliance -- ME
Western Mining Council – CA Wind River Multiple Use Advocates -- WY
Women Involved In Farm Economics -WIFE

For More Information Contact:

American Land Rights Association
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