Working the Wilderness: Early Leaders for Wild Lands

Working the Wilderness: Early Leaders for Wild Lands

by John McCarthy


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Early Leaders for Wild Lands tells true stories about four men and one woman who established how to work in and be in the wilderness. They were guides for protection of wilderness and for the protectors who followed them. Their lives were immersed in service - to wild land and the American people. They worked for the U.S. Forest Service, centered in the vast Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness of Idaho and Montana. Three were active before and after the Wilderness Act of 1964. The younger two came in at the beginning of the modern wilderness era. They all adapted skills of the pioneers to the new land designation. Their stories celebrate heroes for the enduring resource of wilderness and point to the future to keep their legacies thriving.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870046254
Publisher: Caxton Press
Publication date: 04/15/2019
Sales rank: 805,853
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John McCarthy moved to Idaho in 1977, to work trail crew in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness for the U.S. Forest Service. He later ran a range crew and worked on ranches in Hells Canyon and the Salmon River country. He started writing about wilderness as a reporter for the Lewiston Morning Tribune, where he also covered cops, courts, arts and agriculture for 10 years. He switched to environmental organizing and advocacy for two decades, as the conservation director for Idaho Conservation League and Idaho forest campaign director for the Wilderness Society. He is now a jazz disc jockey at Radio Boise doing his Jazz Beyond the Sky show.

Table of Contents

Map 4

Acknowledgements 277

Bibliography and Reading List 279

Wilderness Stewardship Groups 281

Preface Into the Wilderness 1

1 End of An Era 7

2 Going Out 13

3 Builders of Bridges Emil Penny Keck 29

4 Changes Emil Penny Keck 77

5 Mountain Man and Pioneer William R. "Bud" Moore 113

6 Fire Returns to Wilderness 147

7 Settled Land and Wilderness Bud Moore 159

8 Wilderness Becomes Policy William A. Worf 169

9 Specialist, Revivalist and Wilderness Physicist Warren Q. Miller 201

Epilogue Following the Trail 253

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