Apparently, the evil Mohonk Preserve has acquired another innocent neighbors land (this time near Bonticou Crag) as part of their nefarious plan to create a Shawangunk empire
The Preserve, in buying the land, did a good thing here. If they were to always negotiate with landowners and buy the land they want, they would undoubtedly have good relationships with all of their neighbors, not just some.
What's interesting about this though is that the MP's purchase of 5 acres warranted a press release which resulted in a newspaper article. Their untold payments to Peter Fairweather of Fairweather Consulting along with their significant role in the adoption of a local a zoning law that confiscates the development rights on some 2600 acres of land, on the other hand, are somehow unworthy of a similar press release and article.
It is truly a shame that this parcel could not be developed to maximize the ROI for the owner.
No one has advocated developing to maximize the ROI for owners. Although I do realize that characterizing ridge landowners, who have objected to the zoning law, as villains of some sort may help you rationalize, and thereby feel better about, the screwing of retirees, widows, and widowers, some of whom are living on fixed incomes.
But as long as the worst has happened, doesn't this possibly reopen access to the AI Wall?
Nope. But you could always collaborate with socialist1 to organize a protest. After all, in these politically and environmentally troubled times, a protest to demand climbing access on private property, seems most appropriate. As the middle east burns, as 50 million Americans (more every day) go without health insurance, as the Bush Whitehouse negates the balance of powers in the constitution, and as the Bush administration also refuses to engage in any talks about reducing greenhouse gas emissions in this country, let's by all means organize to protest the closed status of Skytop and the AI Wall.