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Stopping Government Land Acquisition - Defending the Local Culture and Economy

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  • "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.
  • Jigs Gardner"Greenism: Strategy, Roots, Consequences" - By Jigs Gardner, Farmer and Writer, Essex, New York. Address to the Sixteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights, Latham, N.Y., October 20, 2012 (Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.)
    The redefinition of the word "environment" by the Greens has made our environment sacred and used it as a moral bludgeon. We must go beyond the issue of jobs and attack the Greens on the basis that they want to stop any activity to use our natural resources to increase our prosperity and improve our lives. Greenism is by its intent impoverishing. Green ideologues believe in the goodness of nature and that humans and their civilization are a curse.
  • Carol W. LaGrasse"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.
  • "Black Brook Wins First Round in Fight to Block Land Acquisition" - by Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, April 30, 2008)
    Acting Clinton County Supreme Court Justice Patrick R. McGill ruled on April 21, 2008 that the State of New York could not justify its motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by the Town of Black Brook and Howard Aubin, personally, to assert the local veto power of the State's acquisition of 15,000 acres of Finch Pruyn lands within the town. The veto power was established by the Environmental Protection Fund act in 1993.
  • "Stop Strangling the North Country" - by Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, March 18, 2008)
    The Governor should reject the privately negotiated land deal between the DEC and The Nature Conservancy to acquire 57,699 acres of productive land that was formerly owned by Finch, Pruyn and Co. of Glens Falls for the "forever wild" Adirondack Forest Preserve and 73,627 acres of conservation easements, the bulk of the rest of the Finch, Pruyn land. Adding these vast acreages to the 3 million acres of Forest Preserve and nearly 700,000 acres of DEC conservation easements will further squeeze the economy and future of the North Country
  • "Unbridled Radical Preservation" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (Reprinted from New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 11, No. 2, Spring 2007)
    New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, known as DEC, has (with the State parks office) finalized its new Open Space Conservation Plan, dated November 2006, but available only during spring 2007. The plan reveals that the State currently owns 4,327,000 acres in fee simple plus 731,000 acres in conservation easements to save "open space," or a total of 5,058,ooo acres. All government "open space" land ownership in New York, in both fee simple and conservation easements, totals 5,486,500 acres. In 424 pages plus nine appendices, the plan describes the means of government ownership and control to preserve open space and the countless new goals to acquire and control more land.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • "Illegal, Unjust, and Irresponsible" - by Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, January 17, 2006)
    DEC 2005 Draft Open Space Plan fails to reveal full extent and impact of its land acquisition plans, violates the principles of environmental justice and good government.
  • Susan Allen"They've Got a Little List" - An original poem by Susan Allen. The poem was read at the DEC hearing for the Open Space Plan at Ray Brook, New York on Nov. 14, 2001. Inspired by The Mikado, with apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan.

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