"Readers will enjoy Schaefer's selection of some relatively obscure Colvin writings (many drawn from the DEC [Department of Environmental Conservation] archives), as well as some complete reports and generous excerpts from longer books. Of particular interest is a description of the earliest Adirondack surveyors working on the boundaries of the Totten and Crossfield Purchase. . . . Adirondack enthusiast and scholar Schaefer, who died in 1996, planned this book over many years."—The Conservationist
Verplanck Colvin worked for twenty-eight years as the superintendent of the topographical survey of the Adirondack Mountains. This collection of essays compiled by Paul Schaefer examines Calvin’s many perspectives on the Adirondacks. His writings demonstrate his vast knowledge and appreciation of the wilderness. Colvin has a poetic style that captures the true beauty of the outdoors.
Paul Schaefer was a leader of the New York State conservation movement from the 1930s and was instrumental in legislating the state's Forever Wild laws.
6 x 9, 254 pages, 25 black and white illustrations