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Retired ranger recalls how wilderness work was done

MCCALL — The Payette National Forest is pleased to announce the release of Earl Dodds’ book, “Tales from the Last of the Big Creek Rangers” in electronic form. The book is available online at the Payette National Forest website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/payette/learning/history-culture

Earl Dodds served as the Big Creek District Ranger on the Payette National Forest from 1958 until his retirement in 1984. Dodds writes about how the Forest Service used to accomplish work in the Primitive Area of central Idaho in the days prior to, and shortly after the Congressional action that formed the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.

It also provides a colorful insight into the personalities of “backcountry men” such as John Vines who was a WWI fighter pilot, a San Francisco restaurant owner, and finally an isolated hermit who lived in a single-room cabin 23 miles down Big Creek in the wilderness. Earl’s intent was to provide some of his “recollections” for future generations and to help preserve this important period of Forest Service history.

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