River Plains Plan to Take Away Much Hunting Access
Apr. 9, 10, 11
to Exhibit at NEACA
Arms Fair at UTICA AUD
Sunday, February 28, 2010
at NEACA Show
Holiday Inn at Lake George
Oct. 31 - Nov.
to Exhibit at NEACA Arms Collectors Show in Saratoga City Center
from the show
Champion Hunting Camps May Be Saved" - New York Property Rights Clearinghouse,
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.
Space Plan Reveals the Same Old IllegalitiesDEC Fails to
Reveal Full Extent and Impact of its Land Acquisition Plans"
- Press Release (PRFA, November 13, 2001)
Fighting BackHunters Organize
New Club and Inviting Additional Members
Club buys land that environmentalists
wanted the State to acquire
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"
- "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.
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
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
Wolf Scheming" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, March 2012 (Reprinted
from New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Winter 2011-2012,
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
- 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
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
leave wolves in the Northeast without any federal protection
and essentially abandon the possibility of wolf recovery in the
- "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.
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.
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
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)
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.
Strict New APA Hunting and Fishing Cabin Regulations"
- Flyer (Publ. Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., February
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.
Stretch of North Country National Scenic Trail Planned"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA, January 2008
Property Rights concerns for the 140 mile stretch of the Adirondack
segment of the 4,600-mile North Country National Scenic Trail
include acquisition techniques, exact location, liability, ultimate
ownership, and impacts on hunting and trapping. The plan for
the trail has been moved out of the High Peaks region to a less
scenic area to the south after over two decades of opposition
by the Adirondack Mountain Club.
Country National Scenic Trail - Letter from Thomas L. Gilbert,
Superintendent, Ice Age & North Country National Scenic Trails,
Madison, Wisconsin, to Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property
Rights Foundation of America, Inc., March 31, 2008
In response to Ms. LaGrasse's February 18 and February
25 letters and her article in the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse,
Mr. Gilbert stated that the article recounted the North Country
National Scenic Trail history "quite well."
He enclosed important documents and answered the questions Ms.
LaGrasse raised about trail width, ownership of the trail, and
hunting access, and discussed the trail liability issue.
- North Country National
Scenic Trail - Adirondack Segment - E-mailed response to Carol
W. LaGrasse, PRFA, from Thomas L. Gilbert, Superintendent, Ice
Age & North Country National Scenic Trail, Madison, Wisconsin,
February 19, 2008
This e-mail discusses whether the state or local government,
or the National Park Service would own the Adirondack segment
of the North Country trail, initially and ultimately; what the
width of the land that is owned or managed for the trial will
be; and what the width of the functional walking trail that is
cleared and maintained will be.
Country National Scenic Trail - Letter from Thomas L. Gilbert,
Superintendent, Ice Age & North Country National Scenic Trails,
Madison, Wisconsin, to Peter Frank, Division Chief, NYS Department
of Environmental Conservation, January 4, 2008
Official Park Service comment on the Draft Adirondack Park
Trail Plan for the North Country National Scenic Trail. A particular
point that needed clarifying, was that the 47 miles of "New
Trail" that will need to be built is in addition
to the 27 miles of "Temporary Corridor."
These two categories total 74 miles in addition to the 70 miles
of "Existing Trail" (including "herd
paths"). A future Memorandum of Understanding is
proposed, which would cover acquisitions, administrative policy,
marking the trail, shared-use trails (to ultimately be hiking-only),
and compatibility with range of existing landowners and landscapes.
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Insidious Disregard for the PeopleComments 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.
Cities, Suburb Zoos and Rural OutragesReflections 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.
- "Land Acquired
- But Wait, Access Closed" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (Reprinted
from the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, PRFA,
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.
the Foxes" - By Nathaniel R. Dickinson (PRFA, May 4,
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Tracts in Adirondacks are Sold Privately" - By Carol W. LaGrasse
(Reprinted from N.Y. Property Rights Clearinghouse, Summer
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.
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
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:
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.