Anne LaBastille, 75, the environmentalist, sometime hermit, and author whose Woodswoman autobiographies inspired others to venture into the wilderness, has died at a nursing home in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
The city clerk's office confirmed a death certificate was filed for Dr. LaBastille, who died last Friday, but did not release details. Friends said she was ill the last few years but still owned a farm near Lake Champlain, as well as the cabin that she and friends built on Twitchell Lake in the western Adirondacks.
Her autobiographies began with Woodswoman, a 1976 account of cabin life on what she euphemistically called Black Bear Lake. It has sold more than 100,000 copies.