New York Parks and Conservation
For official studies about each segment of the uninterrupted
trail planned from the Hudson River to
Lake Erie along the Mohawk/Erie Canal Canal, and for the 40-page
Saratoga County Canalway Trail
address & website
- "Brief Comments on Erie Canalway
National Heritage Corridor (Abbreviated Transcript)"
- By Peter J. LaGrasse, Chairman, Stony Creek Board of Assessors
(PRFA, December 9, 2003)
Corridor proponents are concealing the extreme limitation
in the protection from liability for owners where trails are
located. The Heritage Corridor is a plan for a total change in
cultural orientation. Local people will not be able to afford
the taxes. If this scheme succeeds, there indigenous population
will not be able to continue to live in the area.
Proposed Rondout Creek Canalway Trail-Defending Property Owners"
- By Joseph Havranek, Rondout Landowners Alliance, Seventh Annual
New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, October
A classic of successful activism. FOIL Requests revealed that
the true intent of the local project in Rosendale and Marbletown
was a 108-mile trail linking the Hudson and Delaware Rivers.
The Rondout Landowners Alliance got the information to the people
and went on the offensive.
- "The Canal
Trailway - A Threat to Private Property Owners"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, Speech hosted by the Rondout
Landowners Alliance, Rosendale, N.Y., September 18, 2003
In addition to danger of eminent domain and liability concerns,
canal trails such as the Delaware and Hudson demonstrate the
power of the National Park Service, other federal and state government
agencies, and wealthy non-profit organizations to institute greenways
and landscape preservation on a national scale. Rural communities
Rondout Creek Trail Threatens Private Property" - By
Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, May 24, 2003)
The Rondout Creek Access Trail in Ulster County is tied to
a larger project related to developing the 108 mile abandoned
route of the Delaware and Hudson Canal for recreation. The Town
of Rosendale and Marbletown spent $17,500 on planning, but kept
property owners out of meetings, then gave the landowners a toothless
promise to avoid using eminent domain.
- "Saratoga County
Canalway Trail Shrouded in SecrecyTrail Planned along Champlain
Canal Route through Saratoga and Washington Counties"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, October 22, 2002)
The New York State Canal Corporation, National
Park Service, and the New York Parks and Conservation are very
quietly garnering support for an elaborately planned proposal
with federal funding to build an uninterrupted 26-mile trail
along the active and abandoned Champlain Canal route from Waterford
through Saratoga County, to be followed by another 22 miles through
Washington County to Whitehall. The abandoned and active sections
of the canal pass through or adjacent to private houses and backyards,
businesses, farms, and other private property, but the property
owners are not being given information.