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Being a Backcountry Steward. by Leo Frampton

September 16, 2019
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    Leo Frampton working in the Adirondacks

From May to September I spent my time working for New York State as a “Backcountry Steward” in the Adirondack Park. My main task was to drive a jeep through New York State’s most remote road, handing out camping permits to people enjoying the area.  In addition, there were many tented nights by lakes (with loons signing me to sleep) where I would wake up to clear brush off some of the park’s most hidden hiking trails. Although my summer taught me much about recreation management in New York, I may have learned even more about myself, as well as the way I deal with periods of extended solitude.