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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Anne LaBastille, the environmentalist, sometime hermit and author whose "Woodswoman" autobiographies inspired others to venture into the wilderness, has died at a nursing home in Plattsburgh. She was 75.

The city clerk's office confirmed a death certificate was filed for LaBastille but would not release other details.

Friends said she was ill the past few years but still owned a farm near Lake Champlain, as well as the cabin that she and friends built on Twitchell Lake in the western Adirondacks.

Her autobiographies began with "Woodswoman," a 1976 account of cabin life on what she euphemistically called Black Bear Lake. It has sold more than 100,000 copies.

"Probably the most important thing is, she was a role model, an inspiration for a great many other women, young women," said Dick Beamish, a friend and founder of Adirondack Explorer magazine. "She had a devoted following, both male and female. I think she inspir ed a generation or maybe two of young women who love nature with what they could do with their lives, how to put it to good use, be independent and not live in the shadow of husbands or others."

LaBastille wrote a dozen books, as well as articles and essays for National Geographic and other magazines. She cut a striking figure with long blonde, later white, hair and often was accompanied by her German shepherds.

Born in Montclair, N.J., in 1935, LaBastille earned a Ph.D. from Cornell in wildlife ecology. She was married for several years to Major Bowes, proprietor of Covewood Lodge on Big Moose Lake, where she worked.

LaBastille was a commissioner of New York's Adirondack Park Agency for 17 years, with an unpaid seat on its board from 1975 to 1993. The APA regulates land use in the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park.

"We always knew she was going to vote for protection. No matter what the project was or the issue was, she would always come down on the side of protecting nature," said Beamish, who worked for the agency early in her tenure. "She was reviled for that by those who didn't believe in the APA or who didn't believe that the APA should be telling people what they can or can't do with their land. For them, she was seen as the worst of the APA. For a lot of people she was the best of it."

Bowes recalled that the cabin, which had no road leading to it, was built too close to the lake, a land-use violation that prompted a neighbor to complain. Friends slid logs underneath it and inched it back in a rainstorm, while LaBastille worked away at her typewriter inside.

APA Chairman Curtis Stiles said LaBastille's legacy included helping international organizations establish nature parks in other parts of the world. She was one of the first people to attract national media attention to acid rain deposition in the Adirondack watershed, he said.

In a 2007 interview with The Associated Press, LaBastille said the en vironmental and feminist movements began around 1970, but her interest in nature and science studies at Cornell began earlier. "That was the best thing in my life," she said. "I was studying biology and ornithology and all of the things that could be taken in with nature. On the back of that ... I was going to be some kind of explorer, and it came true more or less."

Her thesis research was the ecology of the giant pied-billed grebe, a flightless bird that was then found only at Lake Atitlan in the Guatemalan highlands and now is extinct.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press
Published in Ithaca Journal on Jul. 5, 2011.
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August 18, 2020
Thank you for your inspiration and courage.
Joanne Carr
February 21, 2020
What an incredible, beautiful woman. In every way. May she never be forgotten!
Michael Hrivnak
December 2, 2019
How I remember the hours and days spent with you condor and Chikeeka in Wadhams NY. Swimming in your back yard pond, working in the garden and the list goes on. You showed me outdoor survival and I showed you modern domestication. I still sing the song I wrote for you ( beyond black bear lake) with a tear in my eye, the poem you wrote about the wind hitting our chests as we motored across lake Champlain our picture in the boat on the back of your book, sitting on your back porch eating cream cheese and wild flower sandwiches. And the list goes on. I was honored when you took my words ( iron butterfly) in your writings about Rodney. You will be forever be in my thoughts and especially when I work around my own home in the woods. Thank you for instilling a part of you in me.
Kathy Henderson
November 1, 2019
What a beautiful soul! She is a wonderful inspiration to me, and I'm sure, to so many others. I will never forget her.
Michael Hrivnak
October 23, 2018
Thank you for sharing your spirit, Anne. May you stay slim, strong, and defiant, like a kestrel flying on the wind. Godspeed.
Claire Alexander
May 30, 2018
I stumbled upon Anne LaBastille when i was in my adolescent years in the 70's . She embodied the mentor/ heroine model i needed as a young budding woman. I was so inspired by her that i wrote her a letter . I don't even remember what it was i said, but to my surprise she wrote me back! She encouraged me to be myself and to go for my dreams . I hope to some day find that letter in all my memorabilia . I am now 55 years old and i still have that young girl inside of me that reminds me to stay true to my life and to aspire to be a strong. independent woman like Anne LaBastille.
My 19 year old son's girlfriend is graduating from high school this week. I thought what could i give to this young budding woman that would be meaningful ? Anne came to mind. I bought her a copy (and one for myself again) and will present it to her tomorrow after she graduates. I was sorry to hear that Anne had passed a few years back. Her legacy will forever live within me and now i pass it on to my young woman friend in hopes that it will inspire her...
Rest in peace Anne. Thank You for being You.
Juli Choden
March 6, 2018
I always deeply admired you so when I was a youth myself, and now, all these decades later, with you long gone from us, I do so on an even deeper basis. And so, you shall live on.... You were my role model, my mentor.....RIP, Annie -Darcee V. (NY/MA)
July 21, 2017
I just found her book Woodswoman at the town dump,,,part of which they have a table of used is signed by her(I think) I have not read since I found my daughter after 15yrs due to divorce. But when I put my hands on this book it brought childhood memories of time spent with my parents in the Adirondack's. I liked her discovery of nature and her description of every living thing and it's connection to each other, as I too as a child would take refuge in the deep woods around our house. I am thrilled that I found her book which brought me to read again. I will read all her books. She is a great inspiration to all who seek solitude in the forest. God our creator has not abandoned her. Penny Miller Vermont
Penelope Miller
July 5, 2017
I wish I had found her books when I was younger. She was and is an inspiration to all women. R.I.P. Anne LaBastille. Thank you for sharing your life with us.
Angel Harold
June 19, 2017
Valenda Newell
January 26, 2017
Will read all of her books since finding her here. What a strong, purposeful, creative, and loving human being she was. So glad she is buried where she belongs. Surely she is in Heaven while flying through soft clouds and soaring with gentle winds.
Sue Wonder
January 23, 2017
May the Great Spirit watch over you and all entities with whom you shared the Earth.
Rachel Johnson
April 22, 2016
Verplank Colvin's resting place
Lynn H
February 18, 2016
I was lucky enough to acquire a cabin on Twitchell Lake while Anne was still there. Since we also had German Shepherds we became good friends. She even performed a memorial service for one of our dogs who died of old age at our camp and is buried there. We would often arrive at camp and find flowers or other mementos on Kira's grave and know that Anne had stopped by. Along with a few of her other close friends, I had the honor and pleasure of bringing her back to Twitchell Lake and her cabin one last time, for a week, the summer before she died. The ravages of dementia compromised her abilities to function fully so she stayed at my camp but we spent every day at her cabin and the camps of her dear long-time friends. After she died, we held a wonderful memorial service for her at the public landing of Twitchell Lake, with her last dog Krispy Kreme, that hundreds of people attended. We brought her ashes back to her camp in an Adirondack pack basket and buried her near her cabin and dog's graves at an unmarked site that only a handful of us know about. Thought her admirers might find comfort in knowing that she will remain forever in the place that so inspired and influenced her life. John Deasy, 13 Twitchell Lake
John Deasy
July 15, 2015
Gorgeous photo. Age wears well. And what a remarkable woman. I live independently as well by choice, and having family such as Anne is reaffirming of what we already know.
Thanks Gal. Rest in peace
June 25, 2015
I have just read the original WOODSWOMAN and wondered where Anne is now - up with the Angels - I am sad. Thanks Anne for giving us your beauty.
August 17, 2014
I just read "Woodswoman" for the second time. I loved it. It brought me some peace in this world. Ann was a special human.
November 19, 2013
Barrel cactus
Her books spoke truth to my soul as I read them.
May her soul rest in sweet peace.
Paul Beck
November 13, 2013
Anne: I have read all of your Woodswoman books, and I had the pleasure of corresponding with you. You were even nice enough to have me send you Book IIII, and you autographed it for me. How you were with your mountains and dogs, is how I am with my love for the mountains, and my dogs. You had German Shephards, and I had Labs. I was so saddened to learn of your death. I kept your letters. I hope you are in Heaven with God and all of your loving animals. I hope whoever got your last dog and cats took great care of them. Again, rest in peace Anne. You were a "mountain" of a woman, and I respected you so much.

Diane Gowin
Diane Gowin
August 12, 2013
Buttermilk Falls, Long Lake NY
Anne Thank You for your wonderful books, I think men and women both can learn form your story, your teachings. I was saddened to learn of your passing, I had only 3days earlier read The Woodswoman I couldn't put the book down! Thank You for all you did for our Adirondacks and making me a better man

Mike Mason
Michael Mason
June 25, 2013
Karen J. Anderson
April 21, 2013
You lived the life I wish I had but am without your courage. Thank you for sharing yours. You were remarkable.
April 20, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
John Lowder
April 9, 2013
I wish more females (young and old) were familiar with her wonderful "Woodswoman" series. An inspiration for us all to pay more attention to the wonderful outdoor world around us.
Annette Stephenson
November 25, 2012
I was so saddened to hear of Anne's passing. While reading her books, I felt as though I was right there by her side. Her series are among my favorites ....along with Undaunted Courage and Unbroken. Dorenda Reynolds Zimmer, Sodus Bay, NY
August 9, 2012
My prayer,
Under this towering pine,
Sent like woodsmoke,
Rises with the mist
In the form of your name.
Descends in pools,
In rivers and rocks,
In streams and lakesides,
The rain.
magdalena tabor
December 23, 2011
Thirtyfive years later and woodswoman still inspires, I only wish I had found it sooner. You lived and learned on your own terms, and touched many by allowing a glimpse at your life. Thankyou
Eric Crewes
December 17, 2011
I am deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Anne. I have read most all her books and the Woodswoman series lives in my heart. I am currently working on my graduate degree in ecology (late in my life) and often think of how she inspires me. I also have often thought that I would so much like to communicate with her and ask her advice but I never took those bold steps and now the chance is gone. I will miss not being able to look forward to the hope of a new book from her. God Bless her as she sure was a blessing to nature and all who love nature.
Angela Hammer
December 16, 2011
Anne LaBastille was an inspiration and mentor to many, including myself. After reading Woodswoman in the early 1980s, I found the courage to return to college and pursue a degree in Outdoor Recreation Management. Anne blazed the path for women like me to follow. Thank you, Anne, for all the good works you've done in your life.
Roberta L.S.
December 10, 2011
I have just finished your book, Woodswoman, and I must say you were a courageous woman. To live in the wilderness, alone. You did what I wanted to do for years. Thank you for letting us share your adventurous life.
I only wish that I could have met you.
My your friends and family have only great memories of you. ANNE LABASTILLE
John Colagiovanni
November 5, 2011
may your spirit shine through the wind in eternal flight...
Nance Ashworth
October 27, 2011
DEAR Anne, thankyou for encouraging me, when I had breast cancer.Even though I never met you, I feel as though I've lost a friend.May you rest in peace.
Judy Donaldson
October 11, 2011
I am an old voyager of the North Wood's in Minnesota, having had the great blessing of meeting Justine Kerfoot, Dorothy Molter, and the late great Sigurd Olsen. All of these divine creatures shared the great love of nature and her bounty such as the like's of the splendid soul of Anne Labastille. I know Paradise hold's Anne's soul and she now know's the greatest adventure of all. Rest in peace dear Anne, till we meet again. Karen j. Anderson
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August 30, 2011
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August 23, 2011
Dr. LaBasile, you changed my life. I cherish your stories, wisdom, and guildance. You are truly a woman who touched and inspired women all over the world. Peace be with you.
Patty Barnett
August 23, 2011
I was fortunate to have met Anne twice when she read from her books at the Adirondack Paddlefest. I own many of her books, and, indeed, she truly changed my life. May you rest in peace, Anne.
Luella Landis
August 4, 2011
Anne and I worked together through The Sagamore Inst. leading workshops and backpacking trips for women.I had the privilege of spendingca coupleof precious afternoons with her at her cabin, with her beloved dog, Condor. She was a great woman, a talented Adirondack Guide, exciting to work with and an inspiration for so many.
Ann Beck
August 3, 2011
"Your smile has left these sacred mountains along with "Chekika" and "Condor but your footprints are and forever will be everlasting. Lovingly rhg
Rich Grover
July 30, 2011
Anne was a remarkable and memorable role model. i wish her a wonderful journey.
jennifer hayes
July 29, 2011
I am so sorry to hear of Ms. Bastille's passing. I can't count the times I have read her first book. She has been a true inspiration.
Marlene Stevens
July 29, 2011
I am sorry to hear Anne passed away. I read all of the Woodswoman series, and enjoyed them immensely. I also corresponded with her a few times. May she rest in peace.
Jim Hagerstrom
July 26, 2011
What an absolutely wonderful woman, writer, ecologist, adventurer and human being Anne was. I am proud that I had the opportunity to have studied her works and got to meet her on a few occasions. i have and will continue to recommend her works to people. The literary world has lost a giant!
Kevin Milcarek
July 26, 2011
What an absolutely wonderful woman, writer, ecologist, adventurer and human being Anne was. I am proud that I had the opportunity to have studied her works and got to meet her on a few occasions. i have and will continue to recommend her works to people. The literary world has lost a giant!
Kevin Milcarek - Camillus, NY
July 23, 2011
I got to know Anne when she came to Watertown to give a lecture in the mid eighties. We wrote back and forth for quite a long time. She was the epitome of the woman I wished I could be. Through her inspiration my love for the Adirondacks grew. When I became principal of the small Catholic School in my hometown of Au Sable Forks, I established a hiking program where each class went on a hike based on their abilities. She will be sorely missed in the Adirondacks!
Joanne Nugent
July 22, 2011
Anne LaBastille, my most beloved author. What a remarkable woman, writer, scholar, and accomplished environmentalist. A powerful inspiration to this young woman who so much admires you, dear Anne. God bless your soul always and may you be gloriously free in your ascent.
July 21, 2011
Blessings to the Spirit of the indomitable Dr. Anne LaBastille. I am proud to call her one of the guiding lights of my life. It is a comfort to know she now looks over every creature from Up Above.
Sarah L'Heureux
July 19, 2011
May you rest in Natures Garden with your beloved pets that you met at Rainbows Bridge. You will always be an inspiration to me and many others. Rest In Peace and fly like the eagles.
Patt Perry
July 15, 2011
I find comfort knowing that she is with her shepards. God Bless you, Anne
BJ McElwain
July 13, 2011
An almost full moon rises with the Adirondack High Peaks on the horizon ... In honor of your life Dr.Anne LaBastille I reflect ... Namaste'
Carmelyn Hevey
July 11, 2011

you are unforgettable and will always have a presence on Bear Lake (Twitchell)May you rest knowing that your work for nature, the birds and the lakes was not in vain and will always be established. I am so glad to have been your neighbor down the lake under the mountain. May you rest in peace. Joslyn
joslyn mcguire
July 10, 2011
May you rest in peace. Your writings gave me so much inspiration and pleasure over so many years. Most of your books I have read more than once, and never tire of them. I actually have never been to the Adirondacks, but hope to make a trip in the relatively near future. Thanks for sharing your life and experiences with us.
Judy Borron
July 10, 2011
Sadden to hear about your passing.
I remember meeting you for the first time at "Cats" home in Iowa City some thirty years ago.
I will always remember you and your step-mother as lasting friends.
Bob Bream
July 10, 2011
I was shocked and saddened by the news that Anne LaBastille had passed away. I heard Anne speak in the late 70's in Albany, N.Y.. I had just read her book and was thrilled to be able to see her in person. Her independent life in the woods was something to be admired. I'm going to be camping in the Adirondacks this week and will have "Woodswoman" with me. Anne, Thanks for being such a vocal caretaker of our earth. Sue Nassau, NY
July 10, 2011
God Bless, when I saw you talk at a high school years ago, the way you interacted with the young ones was magical. People like you are few and far between, You will be so missed..
July 9, 2011
Many of the entries mirror my exact sentiments. So instead of echoes from me, just know Anne that you are sorely missed by me and I am thinking of you.
July 9, 2011
Many of the entries mirror my exact sentiments. So instead of echoes from me, just know Anne that you are sorely missed by and I am thinking of you.
July 9, 2011
God bless you Anne and may you rest in peace. I was so sorry to hear of your passing. You died on my birthday. You were such a beautiful inspiration to me! You helped me get through the loss of my German shepherd dog as that was how I first learned of you. I saw your book in my library with a front picture of you and your dogs. I loved your stories and your life. Your legacy will live on!!! Please look down on us from heaven and thank you so very much for taking care of our environment and beautiful Adirondack Park. I love to vacation there. Love ~ Carla Aram
Carla Aram
July 8, 2011
May you soar with the raptors high above the mirrored lakes and rolling hills. Your legacy will live on... Blessings.
Mary Jo Graham
July 8, 2011
Thank you so much, Dr. Anne, for inspiring so many people and for your courage!
Paul Stroble
July 8, 2011
Woodswoman at her Cabin
Marty Hogan
July 8, 2011
My 3 German Shepherds to honor you.
You were such and inspiration to me. I wish I could have met you in person. Thank you Anne for being you. You will be missed.
Lori Rodriguez
July 8, 2011
You have no idea how much you will be missed or how many people have been and continue to be inspired by your love and work. Thank you for being a friend.
Marty Hogan
July 8, 2011
Absolutely wonderful books, inspiring to a woman with a small child, newly divorced! She made you feel you could tackle just about anything!
Karen Hnat
July 8, 2011
I consider myself lucky and blessed that I got to meet my idol, Anne LaBastille, and for the fact that she responded to my letters over the years. A generous lady. I found her Woodswoman book when I had this idea to live in a cabin in the woods so I went to the library to research how to do just that. Lo and behold, there was a person - a woman- that had already done this, and wrote about it! What an inspiration. Loved her. I was sad to hear of her illness and am more sad now that she's gone forever.
Elizabeth A
July 8, 2011
To my biggest inspriation you will be sadly missed
Tammy Gordon
July 8, 2011
Anne, thanks for making the Adirondacks a better place, you will always be an amazing woman. God Bless You on your new adventure.
Brooks Phillips
July 8, 2011
Anne, You made the Adirondacks a better place. God Bless You on your new adventure.
Brooks Phillips
July 8, 2011
An amazing woman, and great inspiration. my condolences to the family
Sandy Bittner
July 8, 2011
May the Mountains be high and numerous in your new home. Good Bye Anne.....
Michael Everhart
July 8, 2011
My deepest sympathies to the family
July 8, 2011
Anne was and still is a beautiful, remarkable women and role model. My daughters (18&20)read her books 3 years back and were amazed what Anne had done with her life. I have all her books and have followed her her good work that she has done. I myself go to northern New Hampshire (deep into the woods) and study animals, birds and plant life. Anne was a giver not a taker. Anne is now exploring heavens trails with all her dogs. God Bless You Anne for all you have done for the environment and women! You have made an impact in my life aswell as my girls.
Vicky Morway
July 7, 2011
My condolences to Anne's family and friends- I loved her books and now have a camp in the ADK's because of her.. may she enjoy happy trails with her beloved dogs ..thanks for being a wonderful influence..RIP
July 7, 2011
She was my inspiration and role model. A friend was vacationing near her cabin and Anne was at Hoss's Country Corner signing books. Anne autographed one for me and I will treasure it always. She had a way of writing that made you feel like you knew her. I'm sorry that I never got to meet her. Rest in peace will be missed. Deb Young (Wade, NC)
Deb Young
July 7, 2011
Anne was an inspiring acquaintance who lived in Inlet in the early '70's while recovering from a broken ankle she received while doing some early morning photography in the Moose River Plains. She managed to slide off a vehicle, slippery from the morning dew, while taking photos of geese. Oh, what great stories we shared that winter! Adios friend, I'm sure Pitzi is waiting for hugs.
Dorothy Suba-Duflo
July 7, 2011
Anne was a wonderful, powerful inspiration for many of us. Her books brought the wilderness into view and her knowledge profound. Many years ago I made a birdhouse for her from a photo of her cabin and, although I never got to see it in person or to meet Anne, her influence in my life still persists.

Sending peaceful energy..............
July 7, 2011
I had the privilege to personally meet and speak with Anne. She was a very interesting woman and talented author. Her books were such that I could not put them down. Will miss her and all that she inspired others to learn from her experiences.
Mary Pustay
July 7, 2011
Bless you for inspiring so many! I also had the pleasure of meeting Anne at the Sagamore Lodge many years ago at a Women's Weekend retreat there. Consider me one of the inspired... Rest in Peace..
christine thomas
July 7, 2011
Sorry to hear about Anne. We read many of her books on the Adirondacks. A very outdoors woman !
Kathryn Kroboth
July 7, 2011
I didn't have the privilege of knowing Anne LaBastille, but her obituary is inspiring and I shall now read her books and share them with my 4 daughters and 5 granddaughters and 2 sisters-in-law.
Anne Russell
July 6, 2011
Thank you Anne, for your life, your passions, your books. We were the same age, yet you inspired me to hope that I would one day own my own home and live my own life. I began camping at 49 years of age and, for over the next 13 years, enjoyed camping in the Adirondack Park. It remains my favorite place of beauty and renewal.

May your spirit be at peace.

July 6, 2011
To Anne's family and friends,

May God bless you with His comfort and peace.

Thank you for sharing Anne with all of us. She had many gifts and talents and used them wisely. Her accomplishments will burn brightly into the future, and her inspiration will light many more hearts. And so will she live on.

I was first touched by Anne through her Woodswoman books, a couple years after discovering there really was life outside the office - in the outdoors. I was quite fortunate to meet her when she spoke at Finger Lakes Community College several years ago. Anne influenced my life in many ways, including my decision to adopt a German Shepherd.

Anne, I will never forget you.
Louise C
July 6, 2011
I was always carried away by her books- knowing the Adirondacks, she would bring them to life when I couldn't be there! What a wonderful legacy she will leave. Barbara Moore, Ballston Spa, NY
Barbara Moore
July 6, 2011
Inspiration. Dedication. Integrity. Legacy. All being carried forward in her honor.
July 6, 2011
I loved I read her books...and then I loved her and what she stood for...She was way ahead of the ecology/environmental curve and put her heart and soul into what she believed in...My brother now has a cabin in the woods of the NY Adirondacks...he loved her too...A great great lady has passed...I hope she knew how much she meant to the world...
G Cappi
July 6, 2011

Dear LaBastille family,I was fortunate enough to meet Anne in the late 80's in Coconut Grove,Fl.She had a small cottage and lived there briefly with her 2 wonderful beloved german shepards.I was a local pet sitter and had the pleasure of taking care of them while she went on a trip.She was such a remarkable person.I was truly inspired by her and her books.I read this statement recently and thought of Anne. "Basically we should stop doing those things that are destructive to the environment other creatures and ourselves and figure out new ways of existing" Rest in peace Anne
Nancy Everett
July 6, 2011
An Adirondack Legend. God Bless you Anne.
Boodie Bullis
July 6, 2011
rest in peace anne
lizzie lacombe
July 6, 2011
Anne was the family rebel, and a wonderful example to me of an independent as I grew up. I've read nearly all of her books over the years, some of them many times over, and in them I see her mother's adventurous spirit. Rest in peace, Anne.
Jean Madden
July 6, 2011
You will be missed , but your spirit will carry on forever.
Cindy Davis
July 6, 2011
We at Tin Camp, Twitchell Lake, Big Moose, NY have been greatly impressed and influenced by this wonderful woman, she was a quiet and neighbor and are saddened to hear of her death.
Becky & Tom Dennee- daughter & son-in-law of Fred and Palma Gerow
July 6, 2011
I'm not quite sure what to say. I didn't know Anne LaBastille, but felt as if I did through her Woodswoman books. She has inspired me in so many ways. My husband and I moved to Alaska and while we walk through the woods here together I can't help but to think about Anne and everything she did. She was an amazing woman and I hope she knew how many of us she touched through her writing.
Anna Cramer
July 6, 2011
I have read all her books and treasure them in my collection. Your life has been a job well done Anne, now it is time to rest.
Sleep in peace friend.
July 6, 2011
I agree..much of a person's life can be seen in their face. She must have lived it well. I have never read her works, but plan too.
July 6, 2011
Dearest Anne;
Thank you for opening this worlds eyes to the fact that we are actually the earths caregivers. We are responsible for tending to and
Caring for the beautiful planet. Ever since I first read "Woodswoman",
Over 30 years ago, it showed me that a woman can do anything she
Sets her heart and mind to. Her love for the woods was unmeasurable.
At the age of 17, I wrote to her telling her how much I loved the book and
To my surprise she wrote me back. She was one of the inspirations to
My life long love of the outdoors. Thank you Anne for ever.
Theresa Joslyn
July 6, 2011
When I was in high school in the 80s, I was in love with the North Woods. Somehow, I found Anne's book on her adventures of building her cabin, setting up her home, and basically cherishing the peaceful life of nature in the north. I appreciated you, dear Anne (and my name is Anne, too :). I loved your confidence, creativity, enjoyment of the beauty of nature and creation, and joy of life. You were (and remain) one of the formative influences of my life. May God bless you and accept you into his eternal home, which, goes the Story, is even more beautiful and peaceful than your beloved north woods.
Anne P
July 6, 2011
This is a woman that I would have truly enjoyed meeting. Through her books, I feel that I got to know her a bit. What an incredible woman - and what strong convictions. The world needs more like Anne LaBastille. RIP...
C. J. Howell
July 6, 2011
When beauty and love exist on the inside of humans, it is revealed in their face...what a lovely human being, so full of love for nature and animals. May her well-lived life bring comfort to those who love her. I am anxious to read her work.
July 6, 2011
What a beautiful pic. I did not know her, but she seems beautiful, inside and out. I will have to read her books
July 6, 2011
I only knew her thru her writing but I loved her. We shared many values concerning nature and I've just come in from a walk with my german shepards. God speed Anne, I'm sure there are other places in need of your spirit.....Rudy Grotzer
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