- January 6, 1931 – R. D. Moot to W. G. Howard
Dear Mr. Howard: File No. 244.0
I am somewhat puzzled by the statement in your letter of January 2nd that the basis of the proposed new blue line “is the inclusion in it of substantially all lands in the Adirondack region which would be desirable for park or Forest Preserve purposes.” It seems to overlook the distinction between the blue line and the black line.
The black line as fixed by the Constitution was intended to include all lands which would be desirable for forest preserve purposes. The blue line was established by an Act of the Legislature to include only the part of the forest preserve area which the Legislature thought desirable for park purposes. That the Legislature failed to include within the Blue Line some of the most important recreation areas is well known, but the fact remains that the Legislature has always recognized the clear distinction between the blue line surrounding the park area and the black line surrounding the preserve area.
Very truly yours,
- D. Moot