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"Hampton Bays Residents Are Awakened to Forgotten Trail That They Don't Want"-News Brief, PRFA, January 2008

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In-Depth Information

  • "LaGrasse Testifies on Proposed 600-Mile Historic Trail" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, Reprinted from the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 11, No. 4 (PRFA, Fall 2007)
    This article, which should be read in addition to LaGrasse's full official testimony, describes the proposed National Park Service 600-mile, nine-state Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail. Revolutionary history and selections from advocates' testimony are used to show the potential negative impact in private property rights in New York related to historic landscape preservation. A brief summary of LaGrasse's full testimony is included.
  • "Property Rights, Trails, & Open Space Preservation" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, Speech to the Comprehensive Planning Advisory Committee, Town of Ballston, June 22, 2005
    Private property rights were fundamental to the founders and protected other rights, but a brief chronology shows that U.S. Supreme Court rulings dealing with zoning and open space have both eroded and protected these rights. Trails threaten private property owners with liability and other problems, but reversionary title is protected.
  • "Grants Have Agendas" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA November 15, 2004
    Government grants put never-ending streams of money toward preservationist objectives that diminish private property rights. Prime examples are National Heritage Areas, regional planning, trails, and government land acquisition.
  • Peter J. LaGrasse"Brief Comments on Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (Abbreviated Transcript)" - By Peter J. LaGrasse, Chairman, Stony Creek Board of Assessors (PRFA, December 9, 2003)
    Corridor proponents are concealing the extreme limitation in the protection from liability for owners where trails are located. The Heritage Corridor is a plan for a total change in cultural orientation. Local people will not be able to afford the taxes. If this scheme succeeds, there indigenous population will not be able to continue to live in the area.
  • Joseph Havranek"The Proposed Rondout Creek Canalway Trail-Defending Property Owners" - By Joseph Havranek, Rondout Landowners Alliance, Seventh Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, October 18, 2003)
    A classic of successful activism. FOIL Requests revealed that the true intent of the local project in Rosendale and Marbletown was a 108-mile trail linking the Hudson and Delaware Rivers. The Rondout Landowners Alliance got the information to the people and went on the offensive.
  • "The Canal Trailway - A Threat to Private Property Owners"
    - By Carol W. LaGrasse, Speech hosted by the Rondout Landowners Alliance, Rosendale, N.Y., September 18, 2003
    In addition to danger of eminent domain and liability concerns, canal trails such as the Delaware and Hudson demonstrate the power of the National Park Service, other federal and state government agencies, and wealthy non-profit organizations to institute greenways and landscape preservation on a national scale. Rural communities are threatened.Photo Gallery
  • "Proposed Rondout Creek Trail Threatens Private Property" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, May 24, 2003)
    The Rondout Creek Access Trail in Ulster County is tied to a larger project related to developing the 108 mile abandoned route of the Delaware and Hudson Canal for recreation. The Town of Rosendale and Marbletown spent $17,500 on planning, but kept property owners out of meetings, then gave the landowners a toothless promise to avoid using eminent domain.
  • "Saratoga County Canalway Trail Shrouded in Secrecy—Trail Planned along Champlain Canal Route through Saratoga and Washington Counties"
    - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, October 22, 2002)
    The New York State Canal Corporation, National Park Service, and the New York Parks and Conservation are very quietly garnering support for an elaborately planned proposal with federal funding to build an uninterrupted 26-mile trail along the active and abandoned Champlain Canal route from Waterford through Saratoga County, to be followed by another 22 miles through Washington County to Whitehall. The abandoned and active sections of the canal pass through or adjacent to private houses and backyards, businesses, farms, and other private property, but the property owners are not being given information.

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