Martin Litton, legendary conservation leader, dies at age 97

December 2, 2014 5:01 AM

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Tireless, fearless and often rambunctious, Martin Litton devoted more than 60 years of his life to protecting the natural beauty of the West, from stopping dams in the Grand Canyon to preserving California's ancient redwoods and sequoia forests.

The legendary outdoorsman and environmental activist died Sunday at home in Portola Valley at the age of 97 -- a decade after becoming the oldest person ever to guide a boat through the Colorado River rapids in the Grand Canyon.

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