Natural Rivals

Natural Rivals

by John Clayton

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Overview

John Muir and Gifford Pinchot have often been seen as the embodiment of conflicting environmental philosophies. Muir, the preservationist and co-founder of the Sierra Club. Pinchot, the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service advocating sustainability in timber harvests, instituted conservation. The idealistic Muir saw nature as something special and separate; the pragmatic Pinchot accepted that people used the products of nature. The environmental movement’s original sin, and the root of many of it's difficulties, was its inability to reconcile these two viewpoints—and these two men.So how was it that Muir and Pinchot went camping together—and delighted in each other's company? Does this mean that the seemingly irreparable divide in environmental ethos is not as unbridgeable as it might seem? The perceived rivalry between these two men has obscured a fascinating and hopeful story. Muir and Pinchot actually spent years in an alliance that lead to the original movement for public lands. Their shared commitment to the glories of natural landscapes united their disparate talents and viewpoints to create a fledgling and uniquely American vision of land ownership and management.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643131818
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,183,488
File size: 46 MB
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About the Author

John Clayton is the author of The Cowboy Girl: The Life of Caroline Lockhart, which was a finalist for a High Plains Book Award, as well as Small Town Bound, Stories from Montana’s Enduring Frontier, and Images of America: Red Lodge. Clayton writes for The Montana Quarterly and other popular and business publications. A regular speaker at the Montana Book Festival, Clayton lives in Montana on the outskirts of Yellowstone, and enjoys exploring the park in all seasons.
John Clayton is the author of The Cowboy Girl which was a finalist for a High Plains Book Award, as well as Small Town Bound, Stories from Montana's Enduring Frontier, and Images of America: Red Lodge. Clayton writes for The Montana Quarterly and his book Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon, also published by Pegasus Books, was an Honored Book at the Montana Book Award. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.

Table of Contents

Cast of Characters ix

Timeline of Key Events xi

Prologue xiii

Part I Natural Prophet, Natural Statesman 1

1 Gramercy Park 3

2 "Radiate Radiate Radiate" 15

3 The Tragedy of John Muir 34

4 "Sufficient Confidence in His Own Wisdom" 59

5 The Tragedy of Gifford Pinchot 83

Part II The Birth of Public Lands 101

6 Bigger Stakes at Play 103

7 Free Land for Many Uses 125

8 No Trespassing 140

9 Lake McDonald's Delight 159

10 The Public Good Forever 180

Epilogue 207

Acknowledgments 217

Notes 221

Bibliography 259

Index 267

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