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The original book 1958


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In 1957 two staff members of the University of Pittsburgh set aside a year to document the wild and unknown places and people of western Pennsylvania.

Edwin L. Peterson and Thomas M. Jarrett paddled and camped the length of the Allegheny River, fished mountain streams, embraced 500 year-old hemlocks and waded through glacial bogs.

In speaking with Seneca Indians, farmers, park superintendents and biologists, they learned of the growing threats to the environment and their work helped spawn a public awareness that led to the protective measures for air and water and natural areas that they lived to see in the 1960's and 70's

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