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A new book by Michael Bottini '76 compiles some of the award-winning columns he's written for a Long Island newspaper for four years, on the nature trails of the area.

Bottini is the author of the column "South Fork Outdoors" in the Southampton Press; the column recently won the New York Press Association's first-place award for Best Outdoor Column. The compilation book is titled The Southampton Press Trail Guide to the South Fork.

An environmental planner for the Group of South Fork, Bottini has traveled the 43 trails detailed in the volume. He earned his St. Lawrence degree in economics and studied in Vienna while a University undergraduate. In addition, Bottini was a member of the Outing Club and the ski and swim teams. After St. Lawrence, he became an Outward Bound instructor, earned a master's degree in wildlife ecology from the University of British Columbia and was an adjunct instructor at Southampton College.

Bottini maps and designs trails for the Group of South Fork, and plans another book, on paddling in Long Island waters.

Posted: September 17, 2003