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Petition to Return Stark's Knob Geology Park to the NYS Regents

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Stark's Knob is a historically significant, geologically irreplaceable site in Saratoga County, NY. The property (ca. 8 acres) was donated to the State Regents/University of the State of New York in 1916 for preservation and research. The State Laws of 1952 reaffirmed this ownership against attempts to sell it by NYS Education Department.

A 1997 report to the State Regents by Philip Lord (State Museum, history, retired) affirmed the Regent's ownership of Stark's Knob. He noted that the deed was never officially filed in 1916 and the original document with signatures seemed "lost."

During Dr. Ed Landing's restoration of Stark's Knob after invitation by the Schuylerville - Old Saratoga Chamber of Commerce in the early 2000's, he found the original deed in a Museum filing cabinet. Despite Dr. Landing passing the deed along to Museum Director Clifford Siegfried with the request that it be filed immediately, it has still not happened.

Today Stark's knob is utilized by educational groups and organizations throughout the region. We ask you to consider adding your signature to help secure Stark's Knob for future generations by asking that the deed naming it a historical and scientific asset of the NYS Regents is finally filed.

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