That Wild Country: An Epic Journey through the Past, Present, and Future of America's Public Lands

That Wild Country: An Epic Journey through the Past, Present, and Future of America's Public LandsFrom Prominent Outdoorsman And Nature Writer Mark Kenyon Comes An Engrossing Reflection On The Past And Future Battles Over Our Most Revered Landscapes America S Public LandsEvery American Is A Public Land Owner, Inheritor To The Largest Public Land Trust In The World These Vast Expanses Provide A Home To Wildlife Populations, A Vital Source Of Clean Air And Water, And A Haven For RecreationSince Its Inception, However, America S Public Land System Has Been Embroiled In Controversy Caught In The Push And Pull Between The Desire To Develop The Valuable Resources The Land Holds Or Conserve Them Alarmed By Rising Tensions Over The Use Of These Lands, Hunter, Angler, And Outdoor Enthusiast Mark Kenyon Set Out To Explore The Spaces Involved In This Heated Debate, And Learn Firsthand How They Came To Be And What Their Future Might HoldPart Travelogue And Part Historical Examination, That Wild Country Invites Readers On An Intimate Tour Of The Wondrous Wild And Public Places That Are A Uniquely Profound And Endangered Part Of The American Landscape Years ago, I was fortunate to be on an overseas trip, visiting friends and taking in the sights of England and Scotland I marveled at the age of buildings sometimes twice as old as the settlement site in Jamestown, sadly thinking that we didn t have anything like that in America.How wrong I was.It is the natural wonders of the world that are there for us to enjoy, and Mark Kenyon s book offers a mixture of details that is sure interest everyone If history is your passion, Mr Kenyon takes us o Years ago, I was fortunate to be on an overseas trip, visiting friends and taking in the sights of England and Scotland I marveled at the age of buildings sometimes twice as old as the settlement site in Jamestown, sadly thinking that we didn t have anything like that in America.How wrong I was.It is the natural wonders of the world that are there for us to enjoy, and Mark Kenyon s book offers a mixture of details that is sure interest everyone If history is your passion, Mr Kenyon takes us on a journey through the pitched battles between the businessmen and the conservationists, each pursuing a diametrically opposed path The parks and monuments we visit today and perhaps take for granted might not have been here if not for the efforts of people like Theodore Roosevelt, George Bird Grinnell, John Muir, and Presidents Harrison, Cleveland, and McKinley When Roosevelt assumed the Presidency, he fought hard for what he believed in, extending by millions of acres the federal land earmarked for enjoyment by the American people These initial steps were later taken farther by people like Aldo Leopold, Bob Marshall, and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.If your interests lie in communing with nature or perhaps you prefer the fishing or hunting aspects , you will not feel left out Mr Kenyon describes his fishing almost as if it were holy and I am sure, to him it is , and even as one who does not fish, I can understand the essence of what he is feeling Hunting trips are also described, although I enjoyed his detailed search to find antlers The author shared that these searches also tell him much of where the deer might be once hunting season commences, certainly a huge advantage to those who walk the forests and mountains hunting with a bow.I found the mixture of history and life interesting and entertaining Wherever Mr Kenyon was hiking or fishing or whatever, he would interject slices of history before returning to what ever he and his wife or friends were doing This kept the book moving forward and I liked the combination of personal life story mixed with historical background This is a great read that just might cause you to begin a search for a good pair of hiking boots Five stars This historic overview of our national public lands was a great read.As a seventy year old female nature lover and birder, I was unsure if I would relate to this young hunter and fisherman s story But one chapter into it I was hooked He vividly describes his journeys into some well known as well as lesser known sites Then he weaves in the history of how those places became publicly owned and preserved He brings together the political battles and challenges in a meaningful way.Every person who This historic overview of our national public lands was a great read.As a seventy year old female nature lover and birder, I was unsure if I would relate to this young hunter and fisherman s story But one chapter into it I was hooked He vividly describes his journeys into some well known as well as lesser known sites Then he weaves in the history of how those places became publicly owned and preserved He brings together the political battles and challenges in a meaningful way.Every person who loves our National Parks and other natural areas should read this book He makes a great case for how conservative hunting fishing advocates and liberal nature lovers can and should work together to protect our wild and wonderful public lands This is an elegy for our public lands in America that are slowly being consumed.Trash.Graffiti.Influencers.Encroachment.In many ways, we are loving our public lands to death We are desperate to prove that we did something or that we went somewhere that we disregard nature for our own desires We stray from the paths that keep the lands safe We trample poppies and climb fences Public lands are suffering from this and changing.This book is a remembrance of what escapism is all about What it is This is an elegy for our public lands in America that are slowly being consumed.Trash.Graffiti.Influencers.Encroachment.In many ways, we are loving our public lands to death We are desperate to prove that we did something or that we went somewhere that we disregard nature for our own desires We stray from the paths that keep the lands safe We trample poppies and climb fences Public lands are suffering from this and changing.This book is a remembrance of what escapism is all about What it is for The lands are for getting away, not for your next post This book dives into the history of why public lands are so cherished and necessary in the United States and how the author likes to use them He emphasizes that even in this crazy digital world we are in, it is possible to disconnect completely.I like the idea of being able to remove myself from the modern and reconnect to the past and to nature It is so difficult to do but I believe that it is necessary for the soul We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope Edward Abbey I received a free electronic copy of this excellent history of America s Public Lands on December 5, 2019, from Netgalley, Mark Kenyon, and Little A Publishing Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me Kenyon brings to us all the many reasons our public lands are worth fighting for, and details the battles we and our forefathers have fought to keep this important heritage for our children and grandchildren and theirs I am pleased to recommend this work to friends and family Mark Kenyo I received a free electronic copy of this excellent history of America s Public Lands on December 5, 2019, from Netgalley, Mark Kenyon, and Little A Publishing Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me Kenyon brings to us all the many reasons our public lands are worth fighting for, and details the battles we and our forefathers have fought to keep this important heritage for our children and grandchildren and theirs I am pleased to recommend this work to friends and family Mark Kenyon is an author I will follow.This is a must read for all ages For hunters, fishermen, adventure filmmakers and writers, mountain bikers, skiers, backpackers, and RVers, for people looking for a picnic spot to those with a summer to spend in the wilds This is a go to for finding your favorite place, the spot that you know in your soul you need to find peace or to share with a loved one Kenyon covers all the greats and many of the not so great parks for those of us seeking solitude and the blessings of wilderness He also defines all the past proponents of our national parks, forests, Wilderness parks, BLM, and monuments from Teddy Roosevelt, Edward Abby, Wallace Stegner, to modern nature lovers like this author, Randy Newberg, Peter Metcalf, Rose Marcario of Patagonia and corporations like Patagonia, REI and Cabela This is a battle we will lose if we don t stand together And it is a dirty fight Always check your sources before you believe what you read, and especially before you donate Those seeking to move federal lands to state control or private sale can throw unlimited funds into the fight We can t match them a dollar per dollar We need to make every penny of our hard won money count This is not a political party issue but a concerted effort to keep irreplaceable wild America as it is I will end with a quote Kenyon shared from Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia They say that hunters and tree huggers can t get together That s BS The only way we re going to get anything done is to work together And remember that if they can t buy the lands, they can cut the funding until there is nothing left to save Just look at what happened to our parks especially Joshua Tree National Park, over the last Federal budget shutdown pub date Dec 1, 2019rec Dec 5, 2019Publisher Little AReviewed on December 17, 2019, at Goodreads, Netgalley, Smile, BarnesNoble, and BookBub Not available for review on Kobo or GooglePlay I am a National Park addict I have made it a point to always visit the national parks available to all Americans whenever I m near one My favorite is the one I m closest to and thus have visited the most the Great Smoky Mountains NP But I think that Glacier NP has to run a close second this jewel of Western Montana is so lovely, with landscapes and vistas so sweeping and majestic that they almost defy description The wildlife is so varied, from the small pika to mountain goats and bigho I am a National Park addict I have made it a point to always visit the national parks available to all Americans whenever I m near one My favorite is the one I m closest to and thus have visited the most the Great Smoky Mountains NP But I think that Glacier NP has to run a close second this jewel of Western Montana is so lovely, with landscapes and vistas so sweeping and majestic that they almost defy description The wildlife is so varied, from the small pika to mountain goats and bighorn sheep to grizzly bears So this book part a history of the many types of public lands it s not just national parks and how they came into being and how they are managed, and part a travelogue and personal journey of the author s through some of America s most pristine places appealed to me on many levels Some of these are places I ve visited, or want to visit, while others are places I m unlikely to go and yet I feel richer knowing that they are there for all Americans.Americans as a nation own an incredible 28% of our land as public lands 640 million acres It s not just national parks, but also wildernesses, wildlife refuges, national forests, and other publicly managed lands The author starts with Yellowstone the first national park, and first of its kind in the world and traces the development of public land policy as pro conservation forces like Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir were confronted by pro development forces The pendulum swings back and forth over the next 100 years as these two forces continually push and pull the boundaries on how we use our public lands The past few years have been an overall loss for the public as there are forces that want to exploit the resources with little regard to what we all lose This is an important book because Kenyon is not a tree hugger he does hunt and fish and wants to protect the natural areas for those uses The use of public lands can bring together liberals and conservatives, hunters and tree huggers we all should be concerned about our lands It has become a partisan point and it should not be this should concern all of us as Americans This land IS our land unless it is sold or exploited by industry.Quotes to remember Teddy Roosevelt Leave it as it is You cannot improve on it The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it What you can do is keep it for your children, your children s children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American, if he can travel at all, should see Mark Twain supposedly once said that history doesn t repeat itself but it often rhymes wild places and resources of America, especially its forests, shouldn t be monopolized by the rich few, but rather conserved for the many.conservation should be defined by managing natural resources to provide the greatest good for the greatest number in the long run Rooseveltcreated 5 national parks, 150 national forests,than 50 wildlife refuges, and 18 national monuments in totalthan 230 million acres of newly protected lands And he did all of this despite enormous pushback from anti public land forces.In its 9 years of existence, it s said that the Civilian Conservation Corps planted between 2 and 3 billion trees, cleared 13 thousand miles of hiking trails, builtthan 40 thousand bridges and 3 thousand fire towers, helped establishthan 700 new state parks, made improvements in 94 national parks or monument areas, and developed 52 thousand acres of public campgrounds And while all the work happened nearly a century ago, many CCC projects are still used today.October 2, 1968 The legislation formally established two national scenic trails the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail I had no idea that the AT was this recently established the nation witnessed a rare moment in history when both Democrats and Republicans fought in equal measure to carry the mantle of the environmental movement forward.Rather than proposing overt land salesnow it s Let s cut agency budgets, let s impair the value of these lands, let s not fund all of the management actions, let s not fund all of the back logged maintenance, let s not give the agencies the money they need to do their work Wow This is a wonderful book extolling the beauty of our public lands, and advocating passionately for all of us to protect our incredible heritage, so carefully preserved overthan a century It is filled with detail about the evolution of the Public Lands preservation movement, and the current horrific assault by some rapacious corporations and politicians to privatize, exploit, and to sell to developers our incredible natural legacy The author is an avid outdoorsman, a hunter of meat t Wow This is a wonderful book extolling the beauty of our public lands, and advocating passionately for all of us to protect our incredible heritage, so carefully preserved overthan a century It is filled with detail about the evolution of the Public Lands preservation movement, and the current horrific assault by some rapacious corporations and politicians to privatize, exploit, and to sell to developers our incredible natural legacy The author is an avid outdoorsman, a hunter of meat to feed his family, and also a hiker and backwoods camper who loves the serenity and beauty of wild habitat Admittedly, I am uncomfortable with the occasional brief description of a hunt I am a vegetarian, leaning toward vegan yet I unquestionably have an admiration for this man who writes so beautifully about his forays into the wilderness, and advocates so eloquently for everyone to join together to protect our public lands The author presents a clear case for people of all backgrounds and beliefs to join together to preserve our common heritage of public lands for future generations Highly recommended This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I found the book very engaging, already being an outdoors person and having an interest in issues of how our public lands are used.The title says it all Kenyon alternates chapters of engaging personal experience exploring American public lands national parks, wilderness, grassland, lakeshore, etc with chapters exploring the history of the US Public Lands movement up to the present day and the dangers it faces The government started giving away land in the 1800s to private individuals and b I found the book very engaging, already being an outdoors person and having an interest in issues of how our public lands are used.The title says it all Kenyon alternates chapters of engaging personal experience exploring American public lands national parks, wilderness, grassland, lakeshore, etc with chapters exploring the history of the US Public Lands movement up to the present day and the dangers it faces The government started giving away land in the 1800s to private individuals and businesses to promote westward expansion, simply put Over the decades through an uneven evolved process, the government figured out how to manage the land it has seven times the area of Germany and in different ways This, of course, has been met with opposition from privatization groups waxing and waning, often with the parties in office, often masked as local government control Kenyon discusses the Sagebrush Rebellion a thread of western ranchers, farmers, seeking less government control or taxation on BLM lands, etc., most recently in the popular news with the taxes for use of the Malheur WLR by Ammon Bundy Also known as the land transfer movement.The author, who is also a hunter and fisher, is cautiously optimistic that the Cabela s crowd and the REI crowd are coming together to confront the corporate and political interests that would diminish our national public lands by delegating control to weaker,easily influenced local authorities or by sale or lease to large corporations I love reading about our National Parks and public lands and this one gives us a birds eye view, plus I discovered several new places to add to my bucket list. DNF at page 89 plus some skipping around Just too much travelogue and not enough public land information Kenyon, a hunter and outdoor enthusiast from Michigan, argues in support of federally owned public lands Unfortunately, he seems to lump anyone who doesn t espouse his view in with Cliven Bundy and his radical followers, without delving into what most Westerners actually think Growing up in Utah, I heard the arguments from both sides Most do not disagree with protecting land but ar DNF at page 89 plus some skipping around Just too much travelogue and not enough public land information Kenyon, a hunter and outdoor enthusiast from Michigan, argues in support of federally owned public lands Unfortunately, he seems to lump anyone who doesn t espouse his view in with Cliven Bundy and his radical followers, without delving into what most Westerners actually think Growing up in Utah, I heard the arguments from both sides Most do not disagree with protecting land but are resentful of Eastern politicians locking up Western land simply for environmental political points Obama or to enhance their legacy Clinton Pronouncements are never made with local input, but are done by political expediency And Kenyon seems oblivious to the troubles such land designations cause for those who live there such as the crowds, litter, and noise he complains about on his brief trip to Moab, UT not to mention that few tourism jobs pay well, or that Nat l Parks are woefully underfunded Instead we read pages and pages of his driving where he can t get a spot in crowded campgrounds and trying to figure out how to dump the sewage from his camper trailer For the most part I agree with his view of the value of public lands, but the lack of balance and excess of travelogue was just disappointing An informative and soul grabbing account of our public landI love the outdoors but wouldn t have called myself a conservationist before, but I am now The author has grabbed and pulled me into his cause The history of the fight is interesting, and the on going battle is so important I am in

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  • Paperback
  • 300 pages
  • That Wild Country: An Epic Journey through the Past, Present, and Future of America's Public Lands
  • Mark Kenyon
  • 02 April 2018
  • 1542043069