When Lew Adams’ father bought half of Roy Creek Canyon in the early 1940s, he entered into a handshake agreement with the friend who had purchased the other half. Both men promised to preserve the land and change as little as possible.
“There’s been no cattle, no grazing, no cutting, no burning,” Adams said. “There’s no septic. There’s no sewage. It is totally raw and wild, as it was back before the turn of the century (1900).”

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