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Award from friends - Participants at Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve annual meeting at The Grange in Whallonsburg gather Oct. 5 to celebrate Gary Randorf, formerly of Essex, former naturalist with the Adirondack Park Agency, former executive director of the Adirondack Council and renowned wild lands photographer, advocate and author, who received this year’s highest honor, the Paul Schaefer Wilderness Award. Randorf currently lives in North Carolina, and could not accept the award but sent a special message of thanks. Accepting the award on Gary’s behalf was his good friend Bonnie MacLeod, kneeling front row right, who also presented the best of Gary’s photography set to music. Adirondack Wild’s Dan Plumley of Keene, who nominated Gary for this award, is kneeling front row left. The award is named for Paul Schaefer, founder of Friends of the Forest Preserve, top Adirondack conservation coalition leader of the 20th century, and a good friend and mentor to Gary Randorf and the leaders of Adirondack Wild.

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