The Extraordinary Adirondack Journey of Clarence Petty: Wilderness Guide, Pilot, and Conservationist

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Syracuse University Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 265 pages
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Chronicles Petty's rise from his start as the son of backwoods uneducated parents through his life as a wilderness guide, forester, camp director, World War II pilot, district ranger, aerial forest firefighter - ultimately leaving his mark as a lifelong advocate for the protecton of wilderness.
 

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Contents

A Death on Upper Saranac
3
The Shanty Years
7
The shanty on Upper Saranac Lake
8
To Catch a Fish for Fun
15
Backcountry Beginnings
21
Hiawatha Lodge on First Pond
22
The Irish lumber camp cook at Raquette Falls
35
Independent Spirits
37
Cat Drops in Borneo
111
A Ranger at Heart
117
Odd Man Out at Cranberry Lake
124
Ellsworth Petty
125
Ranger at Large
135
Into the Fire
142
Neil Stout and Clarence
145
Warming Up to Controversy
156

Noah John Rondeau with Clarence and his three sons
49
Bicycles Planes and Global Warming
51
Bill Petty
55
Expanding Horizons
65
Clarence with College of Forestry Class
68
Leadership and the CCC
79
Clarence at Brasher Falls CCC Camp Forestry Headquarters
81
A New Passion and a Dual Career
88
A Woodchuck Goes to War
98
Pensacola flight instructor course
99
Clarence and Harold Jerry at Henderson Monument
170
A Walk in the Woods
172
Wilderness Battle Lines
187
Clarence and Anne LaBastille
198
Taking It Easy
206
Clarence with his Cessna
217
Senior Statesman
221
Clarence crossing boardwalk to Upper Saranac Lake
238
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Angus has contributed articles to The New York Times, Albany-Times Union, Adirondack Life, Canoe, American Forests, and other publications. A columnist on environmental issues for Park Newspapers, he is presently the book review editor for Adirondack Mag

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