Clarence Petty, Protector of the Adirondacks, Dies at 104

Clarence Petty, who revered the pristine Adirondack wilderness he first roamed nearly a century ago and spent virtually all his adult life fighting to preserve it, died Monday at his home in Canton, N.Y. He was 104.  He “helped shape the Adirondack Park we know today,” a state environmental official said.  For decades Mr. Petty defended what he called the Dacks, a 5.8-million-acre oasis of publicly owned and private land in upstate New York that is considered the last great wilderness in the Eastern United States. Into his late 90s, he spoke at public hearings, gave lectures and typed letters to legislators. His greatest fear was that the park would be nibbled away, lot by subdivided lot, and he vigorously opposed the intrusion of motor vehicles.  Long before he began lobbying, Mr. Petty had made his mark on the park. In the late 1950s, in his scratchy woolen hiking pants and battered boots, he and a colleague conducted a three-year survey of thousands of acres in the park.  The NY Times has a complete article here.

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