The Pennsylvania Landowners’ Association (PLA) is committed to protecting property rights and land use while encouraging responsible environmental stewardship.

We work toward and support legislation that upholds the 5th Amendment of the United States Constitution which states the following:

“No Person Shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

Founded in 1987, The Pennsylvania Landowners’ Association (PLA) is the out growth of a coalition of landowners supporting the principles of private ownership. The organization recognizes the need to protect our human resources, including our free enterprise economy which is built upon the principle of private ownership.

We believe that our national zeal to protect the environment has resulted in hastily drawn, reactionary legislation that fails to adequately protect our human resources, particularly our Constitutionally guaranteed right to be secure in the ownership of private property.

We also recognize that the line which separates environmental protection from the invasion of property rights is at best unclear, and in many specific situations not yet defined.

​The purpose of this organization is to provide landowners with an effective voice in the ongoing debate that will define the line beyond which government may not intrude into the use of privately owned property.


Pennsylvania Landowners’ Association is committed to environmentally sound land use practices and conservation of our natural resources and believes that private stewardship of land promotes a healthy environment.

Pennsylvania Landowners’ Association believes that the right of individuals to own, use and enjoy land energizes the free enterprise system and drives essential economic activity. It is the foundation of individual freedom and the Pennsylvania economy. A regulatory philosophy that land use and development is the functional equivalent of environmental harm is inconsistent with our right to personal freedom and interferes with the economic progress.

Pennsylvania Landowners’ Association seeks to restore reason and balance to environmental regulation, particularly as it affects use and development of privately owned land. Pennsylvania Landowners’ Association advocates increased recognition and observance of constitutional protections for private property in connection with implementation of all regulation affecting land use.

Pennsylvania Landowners’ Association is deeply concerned about excessive Government ownership of land and is opposed to expansion of public land holdings. Pennsylvania Landowners’ Association seeks to level the playing field for ordinary citizens and landowners against the bureaucracy and large, anti-development advocacy groups.

Pennsylvania Landowners’ Association believes that our legislators and other elected officials can be persuaded that reason and balance can and must be restored in government regulation if landowners join together and take a stand for their land.

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Congressman Reed
23rd District of NY
Chair of the Private Property Rights Caucus