Private Property Rights Collide With Invisible Frog

Edward Poitevent is at the mercy of an invisible frog. He has lost private property rights on 1,500 acres to a frog species that will never live on his land and doesn’t live in his state. The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is shackled to a litany of odd cases, but Poitevent’s battle with a $34-million frog may rank as the most bizarre of the lot.

Can the federal government push aside private property rights in the name of critical habitat for a species that does not live on a given piece of land, cannot live on the land with the present environmental conditions, and does not live in the bounds of the state in question? Yes; just ask Poitevent. The feds don’t have to pay a dime for the acreage, yet Poitevent can never freely develop or sell his own land.

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14 Responses to Private Property Rights Collide With Invisible Frog

  1. Sunny says:

    This is a bunch of shit!
    Our republic was set up to NOT be run this way. The fucking federal government is NOT supposed to be able to tell we the people what to do! We are to tell them what to do.
    What a travesty that we, who call ourselves patriots, have let our country come to this.
    THIS is the type of thing that pisses me off!

  2. Sarthurk says:

    This bullshit has been going on for decades. My dad is a retired forester in Oregon, and he’s been fighting these commies for those decades. And the enviros and the .gov want you to not to own land, a gun or anything else the Constitution protects. It all boils down to Globalisism/communism. The enviro groups are committing LAWFARE against the populace. The .gov is full of commies. They won’t stop until somebody is dead… (think about that).
    case in point. The illegal Obama Monument in the Siskiyou’s was, at one point defended by the enviro parasitic groups by stating that a pristine sub alpine lake in the supposed area, was crucial to the preservation of the so called lake. My dad, at a hearing about it, produced a 35 mm slide photo of the “lake” back in the early ’60’s when the earthen dam was built….,Doh!
    The powers that be, back in the early development of the “Monument”, went and “destructed” human development with heavy equipment, tractors and such, in direct violation of the rules against motor vehicle use in the area.
    Don’t get me started. My BP is high enough.

    • Sarthurk says:

      Well, I should add, that the enviros halted a proposed timber sale in this area for three years because of a supposed rare salamander. Three years later, after somebody actually did a biological investigation into said salamander population, found there was a very viable population, and the timber land to be harvested was not in the particular habitat the critter lived in, anyway. Environmental “lawyers” made a ton of money over this FRAUD. And the timber company that bought the timber sale, spent 3 million dollars to pay for the litigation costs. And I suspect they probably (not) broke even when it was all said and done.

  3. soapweed says:

    US Court of Claims. Wasting time with the other venues…….soapweed

  4. czechsix says:

    Just wait until some dick from the FWS plants some of the frogs on his land. Guaranteed that sooner or later they’re going to “find” a “relic” population of them.

    • Sarthurk says:

      Shit like that happens! Spotted owls shot somewhere else, and dropped on some other place that the greenies don’t want to be “resourced”.

    • Elmo says:

      You mean like the Forest Service scientists, who planted Lynx hair on a barb wire fence in an attempt to make their territory appear larger than it actually was? Kind of like that?

  5. Brian says:

    From the article:
    “Mr. Poitevent’s family owns 45,000 acres and only about 3.5% is in critical habitat; it’s not like this is a huge amount of the family livelihood. It’s hard to see this as a burden on Mr. Poitevent.”

    “But we’re only infringing upon his rights a little bit…”

  6. Arc says:

    “No method of procedure has ever been devised by which liberty could be divorced from local self-government. No plan of centralization has ever been adopted which did not result in bureaucracy, tyranny, inflexibility, reaction, and decline. Of all forms of government, those administered by bureaus are about the least satisfactory to an enlightened and progressive people. Being irresponsible they become autocratic, and being autocratic they resist all development. Unless bureaucracy is constantly resisted it breaks down representative government and overwhelms democracy. It is the one element in our institutions that sets up the pretense of having authority over everybody and being responsible to nobody.” Calvin Coolidge – 30th US president.

    Being homeschooled is a blessing but with pain, since ignorance is bliss.

  7. stine says:

    Fucking Mississippi. If you look back to the late 1980’s (if i remember correctly), they designated parf of the beach in Biloxi as a Mississippi Least Tern refuge. The problem was that it was devoid of Mississippi Least Terns or of any Least Terns….so….they had to import some Texas Least Terns.

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