Sep 28, 2005 — Adirondack author and activist Barbara McMartin died yesterday at the age of 73. She had been battling breast cancer for more than two decades. McMartin spent thirty years exploring the region. She wrote more than twenty books, capturing the history and the environmental conflicts of the Adirondacks. She authored and edited a series of popular guidebooks. McMartin also sat on the state's Forest Preserve Advisory committee and served as its chairman. She was honored in 2004 by the Residents Committee for the Protection of the Adirondacks, with an Adirondack Park Defender award. Brian Mann traveled to McMartin's home in Canada Lake last year to talk with about her life and her final book The Privately Owned Adirondacks.