The Green Land Grabbers
It’s Not Just the Feds Who Are After Your Land
Summary: Major environmental organizations such as the Nature Conservancy are working closely with the federal government to buy large tracts of private land, frequently at the expense of private property owners’ rights. These environmental organizations often then sell the land to the government—at a profit. Most disturbing, land purchases reflect the long-term goal of some green groups to turn up to fifty percent of U.S. land into wilderness.
“My father made him an offer he couldn’t refuse,” Michael Corleone tells his girlfriend Kay in perhaps the most famous line from “The Godfather.” Three decades after Mario Puzo’s fictional saga of a New York crime family first captured the public's imagination, the expression “to make someone an offer he can’t refuse” has come to characterize those less than voluntary decisions people sometimes are forced to make.