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Rotterdam establishing forever-wild park in honor of Vincent Schaefer

Photographer: Erin O'Neill
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The area just west of Schenectady’s Bellevue neighborhood was a vast natural playground for a young Vincent Schaefer. The man who would one day achieve fame as a scientist and naturalist took frequent forays through the nearly untamed woods that once extended from the city’s border beyond Rotterdam Junction to the west. As a boy, Schaefer was given free reign to wander about the mature forest and babbling brooks that existed there during the early ...

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