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History Of New York State’S “Forever Wild” Forest Preserve And The Agencies Charged With Carrying Out Article Xiv’S Mandate, Jessica B. Silver Dec 2010

History Of New York State’S “Forever Wild” Forest Preserve And The Agencies Charged With Carrying Out Article Xiv’S Mandate, Jessica B. Silver

Elisabeth Haub School of Law Student Publications

Article XIV is probably the most controversial provision of the New York State Constitution adopted in 1894. The provision declares that State-owned land in the Adirondack and Catskill State Parks shall remain “forever wild.” Yet, implementation of this mandate by the State has varied since its inception; actions are dependent on the views and policies of regulating agency. The paper traces the history of Article XIV through judicial interpretation, Attorney General’s opinions, and implementation activities by the agency charged with its enforcement. The purpose of this paper is to prepare the policy-makers who will have a voice at the next …