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New information added on August 29, 2013

Click below to see some of the hunting camps in New York that were scheduled for demolition.

Skate Creek Club
St. Regis Club
Azure Mountain Club
Beaver Pond Club
Sunbeam Club
Benz Pond Club

Moose River Plains Plan to Take Away Much Hunting Access

Apr. 9, 10, 11
PRFA to Exhibit at NEACA
Arms Fair at UTICA AUD

Sunday, February 28, 2010
Holiday Inn at Lake George

Oct. 31 - Nov. 1, 2009:
PRFA to Exhibit at NEACA Arms Collectors Show in Saratoga City Center
See photos from the show

Fall 2006:
"Remaining Champion Hunting Camps May Be Saved" - New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Fall 2006

July 2002:
"Diamond Sportsmen's Club Agrees to Cumbersome APA Permit" — By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA July 2002)
Non-jurisdictional "hunting and fishing camp" classification by-passed. Member and guest monitoring, APA-managed logging, biological survey imposed. Club by-laws incorporated into permit,
no club rule changes without APA permission.

November 2001:
"Open Space Plan Reveals the Same Old Illegalities—DEC Fails to Reveal Full Extent and Impact of its Land Acquisition Plans" - Press Release (PRFA, November 13, 2001)

February 2001:
Fighting Back—Hunters Organize New Club and Inviting Additional Members
Club buys land that environmentalists wanted the State to acquire
"Diamond Sportsmen's Club is Seeking New Members: Adirondack club is acquiring land around scenic pond and opening up membership to the public" - by Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, February 2001)

December 2, 2000:
"Appeal of lawsuit challenging State acquisition of Champion International lands"

See Also
See AlsoAccess to Government Lands - New York

Adirondack Park Agency (APA)

Champion International Lands and Lawsuit

Cultural Eradication - New York

Preservation vs the Future of the North Country


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.
  • "Conservation Easements: Letter to a Wisconsin Property Owner"
    - By Carol W. LaGrasse, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., July 31, 2012
    In response to a letter from a Wisconsin property owner about the State of Wisconsin's announced plan to acquire conservation easements on 67,346 forest acres to become the Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest, from Lyme St. Croix Forest Company, this letter gives some broad outlines of areas where the conservation easement acquisition should be given critical scrutiny, and how to obtain useful information.
  • "Is DEC Planting Trees to Reforest Camping Areas?" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, June 19, 2012
    In the Hudson River Recreation Area in Warren County the author viewed scores of uprooted landscape-size, brand-new balsam fir "Christmas trees" that had just been removed from their planting holes. The concentration of uprooted trees in the once welcoming, but now barricaded, clearing (which is one of many protected for motorized access by a federal court settlement) would have foreclosed any recreational camping or picnicking.
  • "DEC's Wolf Scheming" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, March 2012 (Reprinted from New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Winter 2011-2012, PRFA)
    DEC's voluminous Strategic Plan for the State Forests (August 2010) and its 110-page June 2011 letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service demonstrate the state's official policy to accomplish wolf recovery in New York State and the Northeast.
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation letter to US Fish and Wildlife Service, June 30, 2011 - By Christopher A. Amato, Assistant Commissioner (8 pp. letter of the 110 pp. commentary and technical information transmitted to comment on "Proposed Rule to Revise the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife for the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) in the eastern United States, Initiation of Status Reviews for the Gray Wolf and Eastern Wolf (Canis lycaon)"
    This letter argues against the US FWS proposed rule change involving reclassification of the wolves in the Northeast, and warns that "the new National Wolf Strategy…would leave wolves in the Northeast without any federal protection and essentially abandon the possibility of wolf recovery in the Northeast."
  • "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.
  • "Hunting Camps to be Saved on Champion Conservation Easements" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA, January 2010
    Over ten years after Gov. George Pataki announced that all 298 hunting camps on the former Champion International lands would have to be removed, the DEC has issued a revised conservation easement to allow 200 camps on the easement lands to remain in perpetuity. This will continue the long-standing cultural and social tradition of allowing people to enjoy local hunting and fishing clubs in the Adirondack region, according to DEC. The original plan was "a mistake," the lands and forests director said.
  • "Bulletin: Split Ruling on Adirondack Park Agency's New Regulations" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA, November 27, 2009
    State Supreme Court Judge Robert Muller ruled on November 25 that the APA's new regulations requiring a variance for most expansions of lakeshore houses are valid, but held that the new rules restricting non-jurisdictional hunting and fishing cabins to primitive conditions and the new rules eliminating automatic separate lots when a waterway or highway divide a parcel are invalid.
  • Susan Allen"Hunting Impact of Land Acquisition" - By Susan Allen, Publisher & Editor, Adirondack Park Agency Reporter, Keene Valley, N.Y. — "Hunting Impact of Land Acquisition" (PRFA, Lake George, N.Y., October 17, 2009)
  • "Is There an Adirondack Awakening?" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, April, 2009 (Reprinted from the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 13, No. 1)
    The extreme policies of the Adirondack Park Agency, Department of Environmental Conservation, and Governor David Paterson are arousing opposition that has been brooding for years. Local citizens and officials are expressing mounting anger about the state's regulatory impositions; prosecutions of landowners; obstruction of economic development; unbridled state land acquisition; impeding and closing of travel, recreational access and campgrounds; and the attempted imposition of unbearable real estate taxes. 
  • "Warning: Strict New APA Hunting and Fishing Cabin Regulations" - Flyer (Publ. Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., February 8, 2009)
    The jurisdictional exception for 500 sq. ft. or less hunting and fishing cabins under Resource Management that was negotiated into the APA law in 1973 is being watered down by imposing regulations that are tighter than the law, so that it will be harder to build a non-jurisdictional hunting and fishing cabin in the future. 
  • "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.
  • Nate Dickinson"Wild Cities, Suburb Zoos and Rural Outrages—Reflections on My Career in Wildlife Management"-By Nathaniel R. Dickinson, Wildlife Biologist, Tenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 14, 2006)
    To understand the today's alarming increase in the conflict between different species of wildlife and man, Nate Dickinson recalls his successful effort to restore wildlife management in New York State to the legal mandate to maintain deer in balance with natural food supplies, to create conditions where man and nature can thrive in harmony. To prevent conflicts, there are places where wildlife should not be.
  • 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. 
  • "Out-foxing the Foxes" - By Nathaniel R. Dickinson (PRFA, May 4, 2006)
    A "rather universal human tolerance for the wild kingdom, fueled by the radical environmental movement," has generated such unwelcome neighbors as foxes in Britain's cities, aggressive bear in New Jersey suburbs, and uncontrolled deer populations causing millions of damage to agricultural crops and motor vehicles, including human fatalities.
  • "Commentary on Uncontrolled White-tailed Deer Populations" - By Nate Dickinson (PRFA, January 6, 2005)
    Deer-vehicle accidents with substantial human fatalities and rampant destruction of plants, gardens, and forest regeneration are the natural result of policies in opposition to sound, scientific management when Nate Dickinson was Big Game Leader for New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
  • "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.

APA Commission Photo Gallery

Long Pond Tract Photo Gallery

  • "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. 
  • Jeff Williams"Property Rights Bills in the New York State Legislature" - By Jeff Williams, Assistant Director of Government Relations, New York Farm Bureau - Speech to the Seventh Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, October 18, 2003)
    The New York Farm Bureau's 34,000 grassroots members succeeded in defeating a mislabeled "canned shoot" bill, which had no acreage limitation. Open burning and light pollution (fugitive lighting) bills threaten farmers. Tax exempt reform legislation could relieve undue burdens on property owners.
  • "Hancock Tracts in Adirondacks are Sold Privately" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (Reprinted from N.Y. Property Rights Clearinghouse, Summer 2003)
    GMO Renewable Resources Acquires 72,000 Acres in St. Lawrence County for $25.5 Million. Except for Camps on Earlier Conservation Easements, Hunting Club Leases to be Honored.
  • "Gov. Pataki Vetoes Misleadingly named 'Canned Shoot' Bill"
    Upon the protests of upstate legislators, the farming community, and property rights activists, a bill to severely restrict game farming that was passed in June on the last days of the sessions of each house of the legislature, was vetoed by the Governor in August. 

Stillwater Club - Middle Branch

Stillwater Club Photo Gallery
avoid a repeat of the Champion International deal, where 298 hunting camps are slated for demolition to start soon on the 139,000 acres that the State acquired in 1999 in fee simple and conservation easements.
  • "Conservation Easements-A Second Look"-By Carol W. LaGrasse, Speech to the Boone and Crockett Club Annual Meeting, Hilton Rye Town, Rye Brook, N.Y., November 30, 2001 (PRFA, Dec. 2001)
    This speech to the Boone and Crockett Club, a nationwide hunting and conservation association founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, addresses why conservation easements are hostile to hunting and ranching, as well as touching on the common dangers to farming and timber production.
  • May 30, 2001:
    "Update on Adirondack Litigation" - Speech by Carol W. LaGrasse to the Adirondack Park Agency Local Government Review Board, Baxter Mountain Lodge, Keene, N.Y.
    The lawsuit challenging the State acquisition of the Champion International tracts and the lawsuit that Carol LaGrasse brought on April 30, 2001 challenging new regulations promulgated by the Adirondack Park Agency.

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