"All Martha Boneta wanted to do was farm, but an environmental group got in her way. An eight year legal battle with a conservation group working in collusion with the local government stopped her from living her childhood dreams.
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Outdoors Foundation’s Offer Could End Farmer’s Dispute With Green Group Over Property RightsKevin Mooney The Daily Signal, November 07, 2014
RICHMOND – Martha Boneta’s eight-year battle with an environmental group over a conservation easement on her farm in Virginia’s Hunt Country moved closer to resolution yesterday as another organization agreed to take over enforcement activities...State Del. Brenda Pogge, R-James City County, attended the meeting and told The Daily Signal afterward that she plans to introduce legislation in the upcoming session of the Virginia General Assembly to reform easements on public lands.“I’m a citizen legislator who is outraged by the abuse we have seen in this case,” Pogge said, adding:
“The way Martha was treated does not resemble truth, justice and the American way. That’s what we need to get back to. My bill would address the use of easements on public lands that would include schools, firehouses and other public buildings. It’s just a start. My bill would not address private lands.”About 100 people were present for the foundation’s board meeting, which was preceded by a rally in front of the General Assembly that included about 40 property rights activists.
Property rights rally - Richmond Times-Dispatch
Demonstrators holding signs gathered at a property rights rally at the Bell Tower inside Capitol Square in Richmond, VA Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. The demonstrators later attended a meeting of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation board, held in the General Assembly Building a block away.
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