Wild at Heart: The Education of Paul Schaefer

Birthday party with Mohawk Valley Hiking Club members Gertrude Schaefer Fogarty, Marion Lipe, Muriel Allen, and Carolyn Keseberg Schaefer, 1931.

Birthday party with Mohawk Valley Hiking Club members Gertrude Schaefer Fogarty, Marion Lipe, Muriel Allen, and Carolyn Keseberg Schaefer, 1931.

Paul Schaefer, a young, aspiring conservationist, was mentored by John Apperson Jr., a legend of the environmental movement. During the battle against New York’s Closed Cabin Amendment in the 1930s, Apperson quickly recognized Schaefer’s enthusiasm, patience, and innate ability to unite people in support of the cause. With these skills and invaluable guidance from both Apperson and Bob Marshall, founder of The Wilderness Society, Schaefer is now remembered as one of the key figures in the conservation movement.

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