This paper explores the threat posed by the New York State Constitution to the historic Debar Pond Lodge and legal challenges mounted by advocates to save the building. Following interpretation of New York State Constitution’s Article XIV, also known as the “forever wild clause,” the state should have demolished Debar Pond Lodge many decades ago. However, the buildings survived long enough to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014, providing the building extra protections under New York State Law. Public sentiment towards the permanent preservation of the property has encouraged groups to pursue a constitutional amendment that would allow New York State to conduct a land transfer and remove the property from the protected forest preserve.



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