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Canalway Trails and Canals - New York

New information added on February 13, 2004

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See Also

Rails to Trails - National

Heritage Rivers and Areas - National

Scenic Byways and All-American Roads - New York

Additional Resources
Additional Resources

New York Parks and Conservation Association
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
Concept Plan
address & website

 

In-Depth Information

  • Peter J. LaGrasse"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.
  • Joseph Havranek"The 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 18, 2003)
    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 are threatened.

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  • "Proposed 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 Secrecy—Trail 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.

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