SAYS NATIVES MUST LEAVE PARK AREA
(Editors Note--If Director Arno B. Cammerer carries out the policy outlined in the dispatch printed below he will not be following the plan of former Secretary of the Interior Wilbur and other leaders in the early days of the park movement. These leaders then announced that the families would be left alone and not be driven from their homes unless in the way of development projects and pointed out that many of the residents would be needed for [illegible] the park. This information was given to the Daily News-Record several years ago by Chairman William E. Carson of the Virginia Conservation and Development Commission.)
Strasburg, Jan 31. (AP)--Landowners, tenants and squatters must be cleared from the proposed Shenandoah national Park before it is turned over to the federal government, except in exceptionally meritorious cases recommended by the state authorities and involving tracts not in the pathway of immediate improvements, and provided further that crops already in the ground may be harvested.
This statement of policy to be pursued by the federal park authorities in respect to the present occupants of the park lands when they are taken over by the United States was announced by Arno B. Cammerer, director of national parks.
Between three and four thousand people are said to reside in the park area, a small percentage of them being landowners and the rest tenants and squatters. Altogether they comprise about 600 families, about half of whom are said to be prepared to move when notified. Or the remainder, the majority are poor and moving will be a serious problem with them.
Another problem will be faced in providing for poor families who live in comparative isolation in crowded mountain cabins and scrape a mere subsistence from the soil. Mr. Cammerer indicated in his letter that special consideration will be shown in cases involving the aged and infirm.
The policy outlined in his letter is the same that was followed by the federal government in taking over the Great Smokies where similar conditions were found to exist.
The board of arbitrators appointed by Governor Pollard to settle disputes over prices to be paid landowners for the park lands met in Winchester today. They are expected to report on their awards not later than February 10.
This will conclude the fixing of land prices with the exception of three cases which are now pending in court and scheduled to be heard February 19.
Richmond, Jan. 31. (AP)--State Treasurer John M. Purcell reported today that approximately $650,000 of the $1,500,000 fund he is holding for landowners in the Shenandoah national Park area is still unclaimed.
About two dozen landowners in Madison and Greene counties sent in requisitions today for approximately $50,000, and this money will go out tomorrow, Mr. Purcell said.
Eight counties are involved in the distribution and landowners in each of them have collected from the state treasurer. On the other hand, many other owners of property have not asked for the money to which they are entitled, and which will be theirs if they will apply to their local courts for the proper papers.