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John D. Olmsted dies at 73; naturalist preserved open space in Northern California
John D. Olmsted dies at 73; naturalist preserved open space in Northern California

John D. Olmsted, a naturalist who led efforts to preserve Northern California nature areas, open space and trails, died of liver cancer March 8 at his home in Nevada City, Calif. He was 73. Inspired by conservationist John Muir, Olmsted spent more than 40 years pursuing his dream of a trans-California hiking trail — roughly paralleling Highway 20 — from Lake Tahoe to the Pacific Ocean. He proposed creating a public-land corridor that would connect a chain of natural landscapes stretching across Northern California. He set about acquiring parcels by making a down payment to hold the land and scrambling for donations to pay the rest. Many sites later were bought by the state...

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