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Cultural Eradication - New York

New information added on August 29, 2013

Updates and News Briefs

Assemblywoman Teresa R. Sayward Letter of to DEC Commissioner Denise M. Sheehan, Mar. 24, 2006
Expressing concern about the controversy over DEC's Unit Management Plan proposed for the Moose River Plains, which has provided access for all, including hiking, canoeing, hunting, fishing and snowmobiling, and asking that access not be changed.

 See Also
See Also

APA (Adirondack Park Agency)

Cultural Eradication - National

Biosphere Reserves and World Heritage Sites

National Park Service - National

Heritage Rivers and Areas

New York City Watershed

Additional Resources
Additional Resources

French-Canadian Residents Ousted from Their Land in Indian Lake - Historian's report, posted March 2005, originally attached to New York State's 1987 management plan for Siamese Ponds area.
The "Report of the Town and County Historian of the Area Known as 'Little Canada'in the Town of Indian Lake" by Ted Aber, Historian, January 25, 1982, tells how the French-Canadian residents were, "without exception, ousted from their land" when it was sold to New York State. In 1987, the APA Siamese Pond "Wilderness" designation threatened access to the cemetery and abandoned settlement on historic John Pond Road. The State closed the old road anyway.

"The Passing of Old Gilboa" - By V.D. Mattice, Kingston, N.Y., September 1921
A poem by a former resident, poignantly recalling the obliteration of the village of Gilboa in the Schoharie Valley, submerged for another reservoir for New York City.


Friends of Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower


In-Depth Information

  • "Save the Historic Cody Place" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, Reprinted from the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse Vol. 17, No. 2
    (PRFA, July 2013)
    The well preserved Cody cabin, dating from 1923, is the only remaining building from the beloved Barber Place complex in West Stony Creek, where all the other buildings, which were in full use, were bulldozed into a pile and burned to ashes by DEC when the state acquired the land in 1974. The existence of this historic building is threatened when the right of occupancy expires on December 31, 2014. Be sure to view the current and historic photos.
  • Carol W. LaGrasse"Buried in the State Budget: Over $50 Million to buy 75,000 Acres for 'Forever Wild' Adirondack Forest Preserve" - Letter to Members of the State Legislature, by Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., March 16, 2011
    While the State Legislature fights about where to cut jobs to meet a huge budget shortfall, hidden in the tentative budget is $50 million to buy private Adirondack land from The Nature Conservancy to block it from public access and kick out the hunting camps: $40 million to acquire over 60,000 acres of prime timberland formerly owned by Finch Pruyn Co. and relegate it to 'forever wild,' never to be logged again, and over $10 million is to acquire 15,000 acres in the area of Follensby Pond, with the same fate.
  • "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.
  • "Disabled Apartheid-DEC's Betrayal and Discrimination" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, Hearing Statement on DEC Lake George Wild Forest UMP, Queensbury Town Hall, December 13, 2006.
    DEC has betrayed the visionary effort of the disabled to open up access to the Forest Preserve to people with disabilities and people who are not athletic, by virtually closing down the popular family recreation area on the Hudson River in Warrensburg, which was established on land acquired from Niagara Mohawk, while keeping open the most limited facilities exclusively for the disabled.
  • Encon police ticket Ted Galusha"Land Acquired - But Wait, Access Closed" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (Reprinted from the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, PRFA, Summer 2006)
    New York State's announcements when acquiring vast tracts of private land for the Forest Preserve promise more access for the public, but over decades, more recently over a very short time, the campsites and access roads are being closed and the land is being cut off from hunters and other recreational users that do not fit the mold approved by extreme environmentalists.
  • 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.
  • Gretna Longware"The Campaign to Save Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower" - By Gretna Longware, Elizabethtown, N.Y.; Speech to the Ninth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 22, 2005)
    The 80-year-old Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower is the symbol around which local Adirondack people are rallying to preserve their cultural heritage. Mrs. Longware is leading a campaign to stop a State plan to dismantle the tower.
    Gretna Longware 1932- 2010
    Gretna Longware, who was beloved and admired throughout the North Country, died on April 22, 2010. She successfully focused efforts to save historic fire towers by leading a campaign to save Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower near Elizabethtown where she lived.
    "We won," she said in a message that she left Carol LaGrasse after an APA meeting a few days before her death. "I couldn't make it. We showed them that people still have rights in northern New York."
    The fire tower survives her and is still the subject of deliberations by the DEC and APA about preserving it as a historic site.
    She was born Gretna May Lewis in Wadhams on June 1, 1932. Her rich life was marked by memorable contributions to the community, including co-authorship of Elizabethtown Bicentennial Book and campaigning to save the historic Baptist church steeple. She was recognized for her many years as a Morse code operator, with her ham radio call number WA2WHE. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Melvin C. Longware, whose uncle and great uncle served as forest rangers at the tower lookout; four daughters and their families; and one remaining sister.

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.
  • "Essex County Judge Saves Old Road Through Forest Preserve" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA, April 27, 2005
    Overturning the conviction of James McCulley for driving his snowmobile on Old Mountain Road in the Adirondack Forest Preserve in the North Elba, Judge Andrew Halloran ruled that the road, established by the Legislature in 1810, could not be closed by the Department of Environmental Conservation's regulations.
  • "Group Campaigns to Save Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower" - By Carol W. LaGrasse PRFA, April 21, 2005
    Loyalty to the 80-year old local landmark in Essex County is fueling a battle led by Elizabethtown resident Gretna Longware against the DEC's proposed reclassification of the area to "wilderness," apparently at the behest of influential environmentalists.
  • Susan Allen"Dispossessed" - By Susan Allen (PRFA, Sept. 2004)
    Book Reviews: Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It by Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove and Mists of the Couchsacrage: Rescue from State Land by Alden L. Dumas
    Dr. Mindy Fullilove's Root Shock captures the mid-20th-century horror of loss of home in her documentation of urban renewal. The story Mists of the Couchsacrage by Alden L. Dumas is haunted by the banished hunting camps destroyed by New York State's insatiable lust for wilderness, which it creates by eliminating the rural culture.
  • "Adirondack Agency Puts Final Stranglehold on 18,896 Acres"
    - By Carol W. LaGrasse (Property Rights Foundation of America, January 2005)
    The Adirondack Park Agency's September 2004 permit for a final division of the Long Pond property in St. Lawrence County, N.Y., tightened the noose on the already desiccated future of a tract that was once the site, in 1972, of the "Horizon" development proposal, which environmentalists had then exploited to rush the APA act into law.

Deanne Rehm
APA Commission Photo Gallery

Granshue Club
Long Pond Tract Photo Gallery

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