in Land Between the Lakes Recreational Area Restored as Memorial
to Sanctuaries Demolished by National Park Service."
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.
- "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.
- "The Yukon Cleansing"
- Book Review: A Land Gone Lonesome, By Dan O'Neill, Counterpoint,
a Member of Perseus Books Group, 2006
Review by Susan Allen, Reprinted from the New York Property
Rights Clearinghouse (Vol. 11, No. 3, Summer 2007, PRFA)
After the ANILCA settlement divided Alaska's wild country
among native, state and federal holdings, the National Park Service
controlled vast federal landholdings. The Park Service told the
people living on the wild lands that they could go on with their
accustomed "subsistence lifestyle" as
hunters, trappers, placer miners, and the like, but the agency
cut off access and instituted regulations and an insurmountable
permit application process, which made it impossible for the
people to live in the wilds anymore. Old cabins were burned,
only to be rebuilt by the Park Service as historic reconstructions.
- 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.
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.
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.
- By Susan Allen (PRFA, September 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.
Growth Shows Its Ugly Side" Kay McClanahan, Eastover,
South Carolina (Reprinted by permission of author)
South Carolina landowners face off against Richland County's
"Town and Country Land Use Plan" and
the National Park Service's expansion of Congaree Swamp
National Monument to a National Park. Many Black farmers are
descendents of freed slaves who purchased their land after the
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.