Arthur Woody and the Legend of the Barefoot Ranger: The Man by Duncan Dobie

By Duncan Dobie

Arthur Woody was once the main recognized woodland ranger who ever refused to put on a uniform. Born in 1884 close to Suches, Georgia, legend tells us that he witnessed his father kill the final dwelling deer within the mountain area round 1895 while he used to be 10 years outdated. He by no means forgot this event. In 1918, he grew to become Georgia’s moment wooded area ranger. He eventually presided over 200,000 acres of nationwide woodland. that very same yr, he begun stocking non-native rainbow and brown trout into his liked Rock Creek safe haven (later to turn into Blue Ridge natural world administration region, the nation’s first flora and fauna administration area). He additionally started to repair local brook trout, or “specks,” as he fondly referred to as them.

In 1927, he bought 5 younger fawns from the Pisgah Reserve in North Carolina. those, and different deer bought over the following few years, served because the foundation for a transforming into deer herd that will finally extend around the mountains and once more populate components the place they'd been absent for lots of many years. Ranger Arthur Woody was once a larger-than-life personality who devoted his existence to assisting others in his neighborhood through the very tough fiscal occasions of the nice melancholy. He used to be additionally a visionary who labored tirelessly to revive the forests of North Georgia and the flora and fauna that lived in these forests. His instincts for what had to be performed guided him via many profitable endeavors and left humans shaking their heads in amazement.

“Do what should be performed and ask permission later” turned his creed in the course of a three-decade-plus occupation with the U.S. wooded area carrier. right here, for the 1st time, is the never-before-told tale of Georgia’s most famed wooded area ranger, and certainly one of America’s precise conservation pioneers.

About the Author

Duncan Dobie has been a full-time open air author for greater than 30 years. His tales and images have seemed in different books, magazines and newspapers around the nation. in the course of highschool, Duncan usually went searching and fishing within the North Georgia mountains with numerous of his lecturers. right here he started to observe colourful tales and legends approximately Ranger Arthur Woody. these tales so impacted him that he vowed to benefit extra in regards to the “Barefoot Ranger of Suches.” This ebook, his 11th, is the results of a lifelong quest to percentage Ranger Woody’s amazing tale. Duncan lives in Marietta, Georgia.

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