Sep 02, 2004 — Every year, New York state leases thousands of parcels of land along the shore of Great Sacandaga Lake, in the southern Adirondacks. People pay an average of a hundred dollars a year for exclusive permits. They use the state land for their docks, their patios and even their front lawns. The popular program stretches back more than seventy years to the time when the reservoir was created. But environmentalists worry that rapid development is harming the lake's public shoreline and limiting recreation. Some legal experts also argue that the permit system violates the "forever wild" clause of New York's constitution. As Brian Mann reports, that clause bans the lease of state land inside the Adirondack Park.