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"Cops Harvest Pot on State Forest Preserve" (PRFA, August, 2002)

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  • Carol W. LaGrasse"Enormous Wilderness Corridors Masquerading as Land Management Refinements" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, Reprinted from New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 15, No. 1 (PRFA, Spring 2011)
    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Strategic Plan for its 442 state forests comprising 786,000 acres outside the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves focuses on ensuring connectivity for wildlife movement between large "matrix blocks" of state forests maintained as mature cover connected with wide, natural strips of land with a high percentage of forest cover. This system would enhance connectivity though deep forested areas from Ontario to Georgia.
  • "State: Stop buying land" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (Letter to the Editor, Published in The Adirondack Journal, Warrensburg, N.Y., January 15, 2011)
    The accolades accorded to the State of New York's purchase of 87,000 acres of conservation easements in November are misplaced. Whether the purchase is conservation easements or of "fee simple" title where the land is transferred to the Forest Preserve as "forever wild," the effect is to stymie the future of the local economy.
  • "DEC Administrative Judge Rules in Favor of McCulley's Use of Old Mountain Road" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA, May 31, 2009
    The DEC's Chief DEC Administrative Law Judge James T. McClymonds concluded that the Department of Environmental Conservation staff failed to overcome the presumption that Old Mountain Road between the towns of North Elba and Keene in Essex County continues to exist as a public highway, whether as a town road or other legal public right-of way. DEC Commissioner Alexander B. Grannis then dismissed the DEC enforcement proceeding that had been brought against James W. McCulley because he drove his truck into the Adirondack Forest Preserve on the road.
  • "DEC Should Control Its Beavers" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA, May 31, 2009
    A beaver dam burst in Warren County, New York, releasing a barrage of water that washed out forty feet of the Upper Hudson Railroad tracks in Riparius. Taxpayers are upset at facing still another delay and expense related to the exorbitant railroad restoration project. But the Department of Conservation, which owns the beavers, should pay for the repair.
  • "Energy Issue Requires a Rational Approach" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (Letter to the Editor, Published in The Post-Star, Glens Falls, N.Y., November 13, 2008)
    Today, the energy issue urgently demands a rational approach to forest management. The time has come for the legislature to revisit the State Constitution's "forever wild" clause, which forbids timber harvesting on 3 million acres of state-owned land in the Adirondack Forest Preserve, plus forest preserve lands in the Catskills.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • Nate Dickinson"Wild Cities, Suburb Zoos, and Rural Atrocities" - By Nathaniel R. Dickinson (PRFA, July 2006
    Instead of choosing wildlife policies on the basis of their emotional appeal, management agencies should adopt scientifically sound policies to deal with the frequent and severe conflicts between wildlife and humans.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • Peter J. LaGrasse"Statement - Wilcox Lake Wild Forest" - By Peter J. LaGrasse, Captain, Stony Creek Emergency Squad, & Chairman, Stony Creek Board of Assessors, DEC Meeting, Thurman Town Hall, March 8, 2002
    Harrisburg Road should be cleared through beyond Moosewood Club and Baker's Clearing to Wells, other roads cleared, and a network of roads created for pickup trucks, which are what people drive to go fishing, ATVs for recreation, emergency use vehicles, and ambulances.
  • "Statement - Wilcox Lake Wild Forest" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property of America, DEC Meeting, Thurman Town Hall, March 8, 2002
    Swaths of open area should be cut as fire breaks. Ancient highways should be opened and trails widened for fire protection vehicles. Waite Road and other old roads should be opened to access State land. The State should reverse its anti-ATV policy. Cemetery access should be respected. The State's environmental review should include the cultural and economic impacts, not just biological aspects.
  • "DEC settles in access for disabled lawsuit"-Reprinted by permission from the Hamilton County News, July 10, 2001
    The State of New York has caved in to three years of civil rights litigation brought by disabled local residents in federal court. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will give the disabled real access to the State Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains-including access to motor vehicle roads exclusively used by the State and the expenditure of nearly $4.8 million to make parking areas, restrooms, fishing access sites, boat launches, campsites, picnic areas, equestrian mounting platforms and offices accessible to the disabled.
  • The 1995 Adirondack Blowdown
    The tangle of dead forest left behind by the devastating July 15, 1995 blowdown remains in place because of the pressure of the Adirondack Council on Governor Pataki to "protect" the wild forest. At that time the State Department of Environmental Conservation's study pronounced the maximum level fire hazard possible existed. The current status of thus hazard has not been revisited. Today, the trunks caught high and dry are surrounded with a dense growth of evergreens, which are fine kindling. With seven million acres of western forests destroyed by fire during 2000, it should be apparent that, even in an area not prone to drought, a wildfire hazard in New York in areas mixed with private property, towns, and villages should be a prime concern of public policy makers. Below are reprinted some of PRFA's materials pointing out the ironies of the State's inaction during 1995-96.

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