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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 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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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 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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  1. 5 out of 5

    norcalgal

    Brilliant! Absolutely, spectacularly brilliant! Dayton Duncan's love of the national parks truly shines through in this wonderfully written book. Duncan's narrative is eloquent, evocative and majestic. Furthermore, he writes in a manner befitting the common reader - this is no dry, dusty tome filled with academia-ese. The narrative is fairly easy to read, and smartly tells the story of Yosemite in a linear fashion, thus, making it easy to understand how we got from there to here (as it were). If Brilliant! Absolutely, spectacularly brilliant! Dayton Duncan's love of the national parks truly shines through in this wonderfully written book. Duncan's narrative is eloquent, evocative and majestic. Furthermore, he writes in a manner befitting the common reader - this is no dry, dusty tome filled with academia-ese. The narrative is fairly easy to read, and smartly tells the story of Yosemite in a linear fashion, thus, making it easy to understand how we got from there to here (as it were). If you love national parks, this is definitely the book for you! The cast of characters who were so instrumental in creating or furthering the national parks are here - John Muir, Frederick Law Olmsted, Theodore Roosevelt, and Stephen Mather. Even if you're not a hard-core NP lover, at least you get an understanding of how the entire concept of national parks came into existence, and the efforts involved in maintaining national parks - not just in the present time, but always. Indeed, my main take aways from this book are: 1) it was a very lucky set of circumstances that led to the national park idea, as it could very well have gone the other way (i.e., large tracts of public space despoiled for commercial exploitation) and; 2) national parks will hold a tenuous existence unless people are constantly vigilant about maintaining the parks America's national parks had to get their start somehow, somewhere. "Seeds of the Future" tells the story in a way that honors "America's Best Idea"!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laura Rodd

    This is the well researched companion book to the PBS documentary series on the creation of America's national parks and protected monuments by Ken Burns. Packed with historical information and wonderful photos of our parklands this book is a must read for American history buffs, naturalist, ecotourists and biologists. This is the well researched companion book to the PBS documentary series on the creation of America's national parks and protected monuments by Ken Burns. Packed with historical information and wonderful photos of our parklands this book is a must read for American history buffs, naturalist, ecotourists and biologists.

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    Dayton Duncan's compelling narrative, with hundreds of archival images, is an inspiral read. Dayton Duncan's compelling narrative, with hundreds of archival images, is an inspiral read.

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