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Seed of the Future: Yosemite and the Evolution of the National Park Idea
     

Seed of the Future: Yosemite and the Evolution of the National Park Idea

by Dayton Duncan
 

It's now a given that Americans—and people the world over—would seek to preserve their sacred, special places. One hundred fifty years ago, however, it was definitely not a foregone conclusion that the awe-inspiring granite cliffs, astounding waterfalls, and sublime sequoias of Yosemite would be protected. This idea of preservation was the

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It's now a given that Americans—and people the world over—would seek to preserve their sacred, special places. One hundred fifty years ago, however, it was definitely not a foregone conclusion that the awe-inspiring granite cliffs, astounding waterfalls, and sublime sequoias of Yosemite would be protected. This idea of preservation was the national park idea; an idea that started from a seed, a seed that was planted in Yosemite. It was through the efforts of people like James Mason Hutchings, Galen Clark, Frederick Law Olmsted, John Muir, and Theodore Roosevelt among others that the world learned of Yosemite, flocked to it, nearly destroyed it, and ultimately saved it. These fascinating characters and their remarkable stories are skillfully woven together in this beautiful volume, created expressly to capture the wonder of Yosemite and to inspire future generations to do their part for wild places.

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From the Publisher

"Who else—maybe Thoreau or Muir—loves this land and its possibilities the way Dayton Duncan does? Most of us have had our moments in Nature; Dayton Duncan has transformed those transformations into a calling—awakening everyone to the rich inheritance that is our National Parks. And he does so in this inspiring book with loving, affecting, stirring narrative and John Muir’s old gift of evangelism." —Ken Burns, Filmmaker, Walpole, NH

NATIONAL PARKS TRAVELER, December 22, 2013
"Stunning illustrations, many in full color, complement Duncan’s engaging text. It is arguably the most beautiful book—and the best written—published on Yosemite by any historian. To be sure, no one should mistake it for a coffee table book. No less than the text, every illustration has been carefully researched. All add to the story. The historical illustrations especially hit the mark." —Alfred Runte

BOOKLIST, November 2013
"Illustrated with beautiful color photographs in a coffee-table format, Duncan’s work is a fitting and timely tribute both to Yosemite’s enduring natural beauty and the wisdom of America’s national park program."

WINNER, 2014 Association of Partners for Public Lands Media & Partnership Awards, Books category

THE GEORGE WRIGHT FORUM, vol 31, no. 1 (2014)
"The Yosemite Conservancy is marking the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant by releasing a new publication, Seed of the Future: Yosemite and the Evolution of the National Park Idea, authored by the writer and filmmaker Dayton Duncan. The handsomely designed and generously illustrated book revisits the Yosemite Grant and the “evolution of the national park idea” and should attract a wide readership. This message is important, as the national significance of the Yosemite story has been obscured by time, incomplete documentation, and often-contradictory interpretations." —Rolf Diamant

SILVER MEDALIST, Best Regional Non-fiction, West-Pacific Region, 2014 IPPY Awards

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930238428
Publisher:
Yosemite Conservancy
Publication date:
11/26/2013
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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From the Prologue:
For me, someone more conversant in the workings
of history than environmental science, there was
a lesson the sequoias were trying to teach me. For
something as unique as the national park idea to be
born, it required a certain combination of conditions;
for the idea to survive and succeed, it needed
to evolve, while keeping most of its DNA intact. If I
wanted to understand the birth and evolution of the
national park idea, Yosemite and the Mariposa Grove
was the place to start. My understanding would be
deepened if I paused to give more thought to the life
of a sequoia, from seed to seedling to sapling to Grizzly
Giant—if I considered history as a process more
like biology than physics or mathematics, not an
orderly progression of events or an equation of additions
and subtractions but an evolution much more
organic and unruly and unpredictable. I needed to
think like a sequoia.

Meet the Author


Dayton Duncan is an award-winning author and filmmaker who has served on the boards of the National Park Foundation, Student Conservation Association, and Conservation Lands Foundation. He wrote and produced the acclaimed PBS series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, among others. This is his twelfth book. He lives in Walpole, NH.

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