Saturday, May 16, 2020

From the Archive: Remembering Clarence Petty

From 10 years ago: Former Adirondack Explorer editor Phil Brown attends an event at the Wild Center that commemorates Adirondack legend Clarence Petty, who had passed away at age 104.

The Almanack ran this remembrance of Petty when he died Jan. 31, 2009:


From 2011, Dave Gibson writes in “Wild Forest Lands Do Need Our Help:

“Article 14, the forever wild clause of our Constitution, has never been self-executing. Its implementation requires both a vigilant defense to prevent bad amendments from being passed, as well as an offensive team of alert citizens and principled and funded state agencies to proactively carry out its mandate that the forest preserve is to be “forever kept as wild forest lands.” Call it field management, if you will. Over time, you can not preserve wilderness, or shall I say, Forest Preserve without actively managing ourselves, the recreational user. This prerequisite demands that we have management principles, plans and objectives in place, and that we oversee and measure the results.”

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From five years ago:


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