THE FOREST PRESERVE IN NEW YORK STATE
IN THE ADIRONDACK
AND CATSKILL MOUNTAINS
A SHORT HISTORY
by Norman J. Van Valkenburgh
From the chapter on constitutional protection:
"The efforts of preservationists were rewarded; included in the proposed new constitution presented to the people for vote in November 1894 was a new article which simply and consicely stated, `The lands of the State, now owned or hereafter acquired, constituting the forest preserve as now fixed by law, shall be forever kept as wild forest lands. They shall not be leased, sold or exchanged, or be taken by any corporation, public or private, nor shall the timber thereon be sold, removed or destroyed.' The people of the State of New York approved and, by their vote . . . the Forest Preserve . . . on January 1, 1895 . . . came under the protection of New York's Constitution."
The New York State Forest Preserve and the Adirondack and Catskill Parks are subjects often misunderstood by New Yorkers. This short, accessible history contains the best introduction for understanding the preserve and the parks and how they came about.
Norman Van Valkenbugh, a land surveyor and 30-year veteran of the NYSDEC, has published another non-fiction book with Purple Mountain Press: Old Stone Walls: Catskill Land and Lore and four mysteries with regional themes: Murder in the Catskills, Mayhem in the Catskills, Mischief in the Catskills and Murder in the Shawangunks.
39 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, 1996
$6.00 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press reprint
co-published with the Adirondack Research Library
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