Reprinted from the New Paltz Times
To Glenn Hoagland and Ronald Knapp
It was with much interest that I read your response to an Open letter to the Mohonk Preserve posted on http://www.gunks.com/.
In this letter you purport, The Mohonk Preserve affirms its longstanding policy of respecting the property rights and boundaries of all of our neighbors. The ongoing friendly relations we have with over 200 adjacent landowners are a testament to this.
I am one of the adjacent landowners you speak of, and I take exception to Mohonk Preserve providing a testament on my behalf without my knowledge or consent. Mohonk Preserve has never contacted me or any adjoining landowners that I know of to solicit our views on this matter. Mohonk Preserve has again entered my personal space without bothering to ask, and I object to that.
Mohonk Preserve has no right to speak for me. I am very well able to speak for myself.
The dictionary defines friendly relations as two people or groups of people behaving towards each other in the manner of friends. That is not something that Mohonk Preserve does. Neither do they respect the rights of their neighbors.
I do not consider Mohonk Preserve chaining off access to family cemeteries, claiming them for themselves, turning them into sideshows and forcing the neighbors to pay $7 a head to visit the graves of their dead relatives respectful or friendly.
I do not consider Mohonk Preserve sending its representatives traipsing around on private property surveying and posting interior lines without seeking permission (which forced us to post our property after allowing free range to all for five generations) respectful or friendly.
I do not consider Mohonk Preserve attempting to take over the Clove Valley Chapel respectful or friendly.
I do not consider Mohonk Preserve sending an agent to threaten my mother with eminent domain proceedings if she persisted in refusing to turn over our sacred medicine grounds to the Mohonk Preserve respectful or friendly.
The list goes on and on but I will save that for another day.
No, sirs, I do not consider Mohonk Preserve to be respectful or friendly in any manner, shape or form. In closing I will say two things:
1) Remove my name from your list of ongoing friendly relations with over 200 adjacent landowners. It does not belong there.
2) Do not ever speak for me again.
Susan Boice Wick
St. Remy Glenn Hoagland, Executive Director of the Mohonk Preserve, responds to Susan Wicks letter: Having had a lengthy, amicable meeting with you several years ago, we are surprised that you have waited until now to air your concerns- and in the press, rather than to the Preserve directly. If you would like to discuss and resolve these issues directly, please contact me directly. The Preserve policy is to work one-on-one with our neighbors to reach agreements, rather than misdirecting such communications via the press. We look forward to hearing from you.