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Cemeteries Trapped by Government Re-wilding

New information added on March 11, 2007

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January 2001:
"Church in Land Between the Lakes Recreational Area Restored as Memorial to Sanctuaries Demolished by National Park Service."

See Also
See Also

Preservation vs the Future of the North Country

Cultural Eradication - National

National Park Service - National


In-Depth Information

  • Carol W. LaGrasse"DEC's Insidious Disregard for the People—Comments on DEC Draft Wilcox Lake Wild Forest UMP"- By Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, March 2, 2007
    DEC's insidious disregard for the people is exemplified by its treatment of Stony Creek and environs. The proposed Draft Unit Management Plan for Wilcox Lake Wild Forest should be discarded. The plan should be re-drawn under new assumptions, with the local culture, economy, history, and the community included as salient factors in a plan that respects the local people.
  • Bridge over West Branch of the Sacandaga River"Our Hike on the Threatened Road to Whitehouse-A Photo Story, April 11, 2006" - by Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, June 2006)
    In order to enlarge the Silver Lake Wilderness, the State Department of Environmental Conservation proposes to deliberately destroy the West River Road, a town highway leading to the historic site of Whitehouse on the West Branch of the Sacandaga River in Wells, N.Y. Two fine steel suspension footbridges will be deliberately allowed to deteriorate, locally cherished old stone chimneys at the ghost town will be lost, and large, active campsites enjoyed since at least 1962, when the State acquired the land, will be deliberately destroyed. Access to a nineteenth century cemetery will be cut off.
    • "The Cemetery at Whitehouse" - Photo Story by Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, June 2006)
      The DEC's radical eradication of highways closes down access to cherished cemeteries, so that descendants and local people who would like to visit, pay their respects, and maintain the graveyards are stymied.

Sign - To the Twin Graves...
Photo Gallery
Our walk to a small graveyard along an old Indian Lake town road barricaded by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to enlarge the Adirondack Forest Preserve wilderness shocked us with the realization that DEC is eradicating roads, trails, and history.

Buffalo National River Map & Sitton Cemetery Photo Gallery

 The National Park Service's practice in twentieth century parks such as Buffalo National River in the Ozarks, Shenandoah National Park, and Great Smokie Mountains National Park is to include cemeteries in "wilderness" areas and prevent their upkeep, prevent people from visiting cemeteries by prohibiting motor vehicle use by mourners and descendants, and to compound the visitation difficulty by allowing roads and paths to deteriorate.

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