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Preserving Private Land in Private Hands

New information added on March 11, 2009

"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.

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)

 See Also
See Also

APA (Adirondack Park Agency)

Champion International Lands and Lawsuit

Conservation Easements

Government Land Acquisition

Northern Forest Lands

Essential Books & Publications
Essential Books
& Publications
Publication Order Form

Additional Resources
Additional Resources

Diamond Sportsmen's Club, Inc
(New sportsmen's club near South Colton in St. Lawrence County seeks members.)
address & website


In-Depth Information

  • Carol W. LaGrasse"Governor's Tax Cap Threatens 125-Year-Old Covenant to Pay Local Taxes" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., February 12, 2009
    When the New York State Legislature established the Adirondack Forest Preserve, the Legislature followed the recommendations of the official commission, which concluded that because the protection of the forest "would be chiefly for the benefit of the rest of the State," the State should "hereafter bear taxes upon its lands in the Adirondack region." It may take 125 years, but with control of much of the land, preservationists control the tax base and future.
  • "Property Rights Around New York" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc. (Speech to the Building & Realty Institute of Westchester and the Mid-Hudson Region, White Plains, N.Y., September 11, 2008)
    On the anniversary of 9/11, the insidious attempt to repeal new building code protections of high-rise office occupants that were the culmination of the work of the best minds in fire protection and engineering points to the true need for government that would protect the economy and property rights of New Yorkers by dealing with dictatorial historic preservation, NIMBY obstruction of local development, utility obstruction, warrantless rental inspections, overzealous wetland protection, free-wheeling eminent domain, and limitless preservation-oriented land acquisition.
  • John S. Marwell"The Navigable Waterways Controversy" - By John S. Marwell, Esq., Shamberg Marwell Davis & Hollis, Mt. Kisco, New York, Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    Recreationists are trying to create new rights by re-defining the well established standard of navigability in favor of the public at the expense of property owners. The Sierra Club and a group within the New York State Attorney General's Office and Department of Environmental Conservation orchestrated an effort to pass regulations and use a test case to create a right of passage by canoe or kayak, including extensive dragging and portaging. The Sierra Club's test case was to send canoeists down the shallow, rocky river through the Adirondack League Club's 53,000 acres of pristine property. The club sued the canoeists for trespass and the state intervened in favor of the canoeists. The Court of Appeals adhered to the traditional standard of commercial utility but added a recreational use test, which was narrowly defined in a settlement.
  • "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.
  • "Private Land Not Part of Preserve" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, Letter to
    the Editor, Published in the Hamilton County News, June 1, 2004
    Maintaining the three million acres of private land in the six million acre Adirondack region is essential to preserving the local economy and culture.
  • "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.

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.
  • Adirondack Citizens Council Announced - First Meeting, Colton, N.Y., April 24, 2003.
    As a result of the threat of State acquisition of the Hancock tract in St. Lawrence County, a new organization has formed to give a greater voice to citizens in legislation and policy making for the future of the Adirondacks. Hank Ford announced the first meeting at a packed gathering of hunting clubs, local government and legislatures at the Stillwater Club in April. Hunters, fishermen, snowmobilers, ATV'ers, logging industries, local government, businesses and citizens are invited.

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