Talking Points on the Environment #7

National Biological Survey Signals Assault on Private Property Rights

Congress is poised to approve over $160 million for the completion of a National Biological Survey (NBS), a comprehensive survey of the nation's biological resources to be used by the U.S. Department of Interior and other government agencies to map, assess, protect and manage natural resources. But unless strict limits are placed on officials administering the NBS, the survey will pose a serious threat to private property rights. As currently formulated, the NBS would survey both public and private biological resources, allowing it to be used to regulate or target for government acquisition private property deemed biologically or nationally "significant." Such abuses can be avoided by instituting the following limits on the NBS:

Information from "National Biological Survey," National Inholders Association, July 20, 1993.

Issue Date: August 4, 1993.

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