Anne LaBastille: Woodswoman, Author, Ecologist and Friend at the Turin Library
The Turin Library will be having a wonderful presentation on Anne LaBastille, the late Adirondack author. Learn much more about the life of the “Woodswoman” Anne LaBastille and the enduring legacy of conservation, education and literature she leaves for future generations. An inspiring role model for many, Anne LaBastille broke trail for women in conservation, courageously advocated for the environment and wrote award-winning books including the Woodswoman series, Jaguar Totem, and Women and Wilderness; over 150 popular articles and 25 scientific articles. First to research the flightless Giant Grebe of Guatemala, she spearheaded Guatemala’s first wildlife preserve. Her pioneering work in wildlife ecology in the United States and Latin America earned international recognition and awards including the World Wildlife Fund Gold Medal for Conservation, the Explorers Club Citation of Merit, and Society of Women Geographers Gold Medal. This biographical tribute by long-time friend Leslie Surprenant includes a slide show with many unpublished photos taken throughout Anne’s life and a selection of Anne’s personal belongings and books for viewing.
It will be presented by Anne’s longtime friend Leslie Suprenant. Leslie Surprenant is an Adirondack native and grew up in Eagle Bay in the western Adirondacks. She was a long-time friend of conservationist and author Anne LaBastille and is the executrix of Dr. LaBastille’s Estate. Anne and Leslie were bound by their passion for nature and their conservation professions.
Leslie was surprised to be appointed Anne’s executrix and is working hard to create a lasting LaBastille Legacy from the bold vision Anne described in her directives. She developed this special tribute to help share the remarkable life of this trail blazer with LaBastille’s fans and to inspire new generations.
Leslie retired from a 35 year career with the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in 2016 and is now a ski instructor. She began her DEC career as an Assistant Forest Ranger patrolling a 50,000 acre Adirondack Wilderness Area and ended as the leader of DEC’s Invasive Species Coordination Unit with 16 years as a fisheries biologist in between. She lives in the Catskills with her family, loves anything outdoors and “do it herself” construction projects.