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The Dark Side of Conservation Easements-Continuation of Martha Boneta’s Saga

Anyone who is familiar with Agenda 21 knows that both the Socialist and the extreme environmentalists are working to destroy private property rights. Without property we are no more than slaves. One of the strategies used to destroy property rights is conservation easements.

Keeping it simple, conservation easements are created when a land trust pays a land owner to promise to not develop IN PERPITUITY their property (in most cases just building a new barn would be not be allowed under the terms of the conservation easement). In return the land owner and his heirs are then able to stay on this land in perpetuity (which is an awful long time to restrict land to only one possible use).

You may have followed the story of Martha Boneta, who bought in 2006 acreage in Virginia that was part of a conservation easement. If so you are aware the land trust, Piedmont Environmental Council, from whom the conservation easement had been purchased, fined Ms. Boneta $5,000 dollars per day after the zoning administrator saw a picture posted on Boneta’s Facebook page of a birthday celebration given on her farm. This heavy handed treatment triggered a long contracted legal battle by Ms. Boneta to maintain control of her property which ultimately ended in Boneta’s Law. Boneta’s Law has shown a light on the abuses of conservation easements and gained a degree of property rights protection for small farmers in Virginia.

What you likely do not know is that Ms. Boneta is again back in court. To learn more about the new battle, again against the land trust, Piedmont Environmental Council, click on this link.

You also likely do not know that Ms. Boneta’s story has been made into a film that was shown at the Anthem Film Festival at Freedom Fest in Las Vegas on July 11, 2015 where it won two awards. If you would like to see a trailer for this fine video, click on this link.

You may also wish to read about a 2013 law suit filed against a horse farm, which was being operated under a conservation easement, and how just a few small changes on the farm triggered this two year court battle. If so, click on this link.

Moral of the story: beware of conservation easements and land trusts. While they may fix a short term cash flow problem, they will create restrictions for current and future land owners. More important conservation easements decrease future economic activity on the property affecting the nation’s bottom line. In addition, as more land is removed from private ownership, the cost of land and taxes on non-conservation easement land will increase. Eventually only the elite will be able to afford land, forcing the rest of us into the city, where we can be more easily controlled by an over-reaching government.

Virginia land trust’s transgressions draw legal, legislative scrutiny-Mary Boneta’s on-going fight

Mary Boneta has been fighting the conservation easement placed on her 64 acre Virginia farm by the powerful PEC (Piedmont Environmental Council) since the day she bought her land in 2006. It has been a long fight-much like David and Goliath-but the tide in the last year or so has turned in her favor. To read an update on her inspiring story follow this link.

You Don’t know What You’ve got ’til it’s Gone (property rights and local government) Video

Recently the author of this newsletter gave a speech in front of the Ohio Liberty Coalition, the umbrella organization for the various conservative grassroots organizations in Ohio. This video is an overview of many of the lessons on this site. Three other speakers, each with their own expertise, were included within the 55 minute time frame.

Below is a chart which lists the various topics that are covered within the speech, which Lessons of this website are being highlighted, the name of the speaker for that section, and the approximate minute-mark when each section begins and ends.

The entire 55 minute video is well worth watching either as an individual, or as a presentation for a larger group.

Lesson # Topic of speech Speaker Approximate location on video
none *Introductions Barry

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0-2 minutes mark
1, 2, 3, *Summary of Agenda 21

* How federal regulations infringe on property rights.

*How conservation easement infringe on property rights.

Eileen DeRolf 2-23 minutes mark
6,7,9 * How regional boards usurp local control using grants. Kim Laurie 23-31 minutes mark
4,6,7 *A tragic example of how a regional board used federal tax dollars to force eminent domain abuse. Jennie Granato 31-39 minute mark
3,7 *How the federal government nudged Ohio to create heavy-handed septic regulations. Eileen DeRolf 39-47 minute mark
10 *How to make a No Trespassing sign into a legal document. Jon Eels: 47-55  minute mark

 

To watch this video, please click on this link.

Key Words to Help You Identify Agenda 21

Agenda 21 policies and ideas have been being slipped into the fabric and language of America for many decades. Below are words and phrases that should send up a red flag telling you that it is a distinct possibility that a sustainable development policy is being slipped past you. However,  if in doubt, first do some research to be sure. Continue reading