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Updates and News Briefs

"Empire State Greenway Rejected by Essex County" - PRFA News Brief, February 2006
Suspicious of more State-imposed land-use controls, the Essex County Board of Supervisors decided against participating in the vast Empire State Greenway stretching from the Niagara River to Lake Champlain, which Essex County borders.

Carol LaGrasse to Testify on National Heritage Areas Before U.S. Senate Committee on
March 30, 2004

The Senate Energy and Resources Committee has invited Carol W. LaGrasse to testify at their Oversight Hearing on National Heritage Areas on Tuesday, March 30. The Hearing will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the main Energy and Resources Committee Hearing Room, Dirksen 366. The Subcommittee on Forests and Public Lands is the sponsor of the hearing.

"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.

"National Park Service, Sen. Jeffords Push International Champlain Heritage Corridor" (PRFA, November 2001)

Essential Books & Publications
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"Heritage Rivers—Elites Only," Positions on Property, Vol. 4, No. 1 (PRFA 1998).
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In-Depth Information

  • James W. Keegan, Former Chairman, Columbia County Board of Supervisors, to Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.— Letter, October 29, 2011.
    Albert L. Wassenhove read this letter aloud at the Fifteenth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights. In the letter, Mr. Keegan writes, "I want to commend you on the excellent feature front page expose you published on the Olana versus Eger Family farm controversy in your Summer 2011 edition of the Property Rights Clearinghouse."
  • "Olana Devotees Battle Farmer's New Communications Tower" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 15, No. 2 (Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., Summer 2011)
    The National Park Service; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Scenic Hudson; and the Olana Partnership have ganged up against the Eger family farm in Columbia County, N.Y., alleging that the replacement of a communications tower at their farm will infringe on the view from Olana, the estate of Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church.
  • Carol W. LaGrasse"Rep. Maurice Hinchey Proposes Hudson Valley National Park Study" By Carol W. LaGrasse, Property Rights Foundation of America, January 2010
    The significance of the mighty Hudson River as the nation's first superhighway after the completion of the Erie Canal that enabled goods to be transported from the Midwest and down the Hudson to the port of New York caused New York City to become the nation's richest city is entirely missed in Hinchey's vague study proposal, which portrays the important facets of the Hudson to the nation as its Native American heritage, the site of Revolutionary War events, the inspiration for the Hudson River school of landscape painting, and the like.
  • "HCF stands against land pressures" - Opinion by Carol W. LaGrasse (Reprinted from Register-Star, Hudson, N.Y., March 18, 2008)
    The Hudson River Valley is the object of a number of state and national Heritage Area preservation efforts that would limit the economic future of this historic commercial corridor of New York State. In the fact of the threat to close the Hudson Correctional Facility for budgetary purposes, it is important to realize that the important prison on the riverbank stands as a bulwark against the preservationist pressures which the local communities increasingly face.
  • "Why Was Olana Jilted?" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, Reprinted from the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 11, No. 4 (PRFA, Fall 2007)
    During October 2007, the Office of International Affairs of the National Park Service announced that Olana, the home of Hudson River landscape artist Frederic Church, had been dropped from the list of surviving applications for UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. But the reason given at that late date, that Church was not a world class artist, doesn't jibe, considering that it is common knowledge that Church, although revered in the U.S., is not considered of world significance. In reality, the Park Service backed off because of property rights opposition.
  • "LaGrasse Testifies on Proposed 600-Mile Historic Trail" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, Reprinted from the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 11, No. 4 (PRFA, Fall 2007)
    This article, which should be read in addition to LaGrasse's full official testimony, describes the proposed National Park Service 600-mile, nine-state Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail. Revolutionary history and selections from advocates' testimony are used to show the potential negative impact in private property rights in New York related to historic landscape preservation. A brief summary of LaGrasse's full testimony is included.
  • "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.
  • "New York Property Rights Directions"-Speech by Carol W. LaGrasse, Cato Institute Conference-"Property Rights on the March: Where from Here," December 1, 2006, Washington, D.C.
    An overview of where property rights stand in New York, what the directions are, and where the work for our cause has been effective: focusing on the battle to keep land in private hands, holding off extreme land-use regulation, the issue of conservation easements, regional preservationist land-use battles, ubiquitous zoning conflicts; and eminent domain.
  • Entering Lake Champlain Watershed sign"Entering the Lake Champlain Watershed" - By Susan Allen (PRFA, May 2005)
    During late spring 2004, large highway signs suddenly appeared that declared, "Entering Lake Champlain Watershed" and "Entering Hudson River Watershed." The federally and state funded Lake Champlain Basin Program, which already has precipitated the regulatory scenic byway and many other programs, had spawned the Champlain Watershed Improvement Coalition of New York, which had the DOT place the signs. All of the signs disappeared late in the summer!
  • "Grants Have Agendas" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA November 15, 2004
    Government grants put never-ending streams of money toward preservationist objectives that diminish private property rights. Prime examples are National Heritage Areas, regional planning, trails, and government land acquisition.
  • "Additional Comments on National Heritage Areas" - Letter from Carol W. LaGrasse to Sen. Craig Thomas, U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, April 16, 2004
    Reply to follow-up letter from Sen. Craig Thomas, April 5, 2004, requesting responses to four questions about property rights issues related to National Heritage Areas.
  • "LaGrasse Testifies Before U.S. Senate Against National Heritage Areas" - Reprinted from the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Spring 2004)
    At the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee oversight hearing chaired by Sen. Craig Thomas on March 30, 2004, Carol W. LaGrasse pointed out how this greenway program threatens private property rights, after the General Accounting Office issued its report, and the National Park Service and various Heritage Area officials and experts testified in favor of the program.
  • Nate Dickinson"Could It Be That the Hudson Valley Heritage Plan is Actually Anti-Heritage?" - By Nate Dickinson (PRFA, March 2, 2004)
    A review of the "Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Management Plan." The National Park Service and its cadre of allied agencies and not-profit organizations lay the groundworks for a four million acre kingdom of eleven counties in the Hudson Valley, where resource protection and land management policies are to be coordinated in a viable regional plan.
  • "The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor - Worth Commenting" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (Reprinted from the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Winter 2004)
    The 524-mile long National Park Service Corridor is designed to displace the current culture and population. It extends from Buffalo to Albany, then to Lake Champlain, and includes the Cayuga-Seneca and Oswego Canal regions, totaling 1,834 sq. mi. Eminent domain is being used to acquire the Erie Canalway Trail. Development rights for the entire canal were sold to one investor for only $30,000. The Park Service does expensive public relations but is short on real information.
  • "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.
  • Gerald Solomon"Oppose Another Federal Land Grab —Vote 'No' On the American Heritage Areas Partnership Program" - By Gerald B. Solomon, Member of Congress (September 19, 1994)
    The successful "Dear Colleague" letter from Jerry Solomon urging Members of the House of Representatives to vote against the American Heritage Area generic program. "Secretary Babbitt has made it clear that funding for the heritage areas will be conditioned on adoption of land use regulations acceptable to the federal government."

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