Crow's Range: An Environmental History of the Sierra Nevada
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John Muir called it the "Range of Light, the most divinely beautiful of all the mountain chains I've ever seen." The Sierra Nevada - a single unbroken mountain range stretching north to south over four hundred miles of California and Nevada - has been the site of human activity for millennia. From the wildlife management efforts of ancient Native Americans to the burgeoning resort and residential development of the present, the Sierra landscape reflects the multiple uses of its resources. Available now for the first time in paperback, "Crow's Range" offers a deeply informed account of the history, environmental challenges, and political controversies that lie behind the breathtaking scenery of the Sierra. Through Beesley's thoughtful, wide-ranging discussion, we see the Sierra Nevada in all its natural and economic complexity, a place that at the beginning of the twenty-first century is in grave danger of being loved to death.
David Beesley taught history at Sierra College for twenty-eight years and has published numerous articles on the labor, ethnic, and environmental history of the Sierra Nevada. In 1995 and 1996 he served as an associate with the Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project and supplied a portion of its report to Congress. He lives in Nevada City, California.
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