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Our National Parks: A campaign for the preservation of wilderness (John Muir: The Eight Wilderness-Discovery Books Book 5) by [John Muir, Terry Gifford]
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John Muir (1838-1914), founder of the Sierra Club, is the individual most responsible for the creation of Yosemite National Park. Alfred Runte, National Parks historian, is a distinguished scholar and the author of Yosemite: The Embattled Wilderness. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07GQ8TKBG
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Vertebrate Digital; Illustrated edition (September 1, 2018)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 1, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1533 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 180 pages
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John Muir (/mjʊər/; April 21, 1838 – December 24, 1914) was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada of California, have been read by millions. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is a prominent American conservation organization. The 211-mile (340 km) John Muir Trail, a hiking trail in the Sierra Nevada, was named in his honor. Other such places include Muir Woods National Monument, Muir Beach, John Muir College, Mount Muir, Camp Muir and Muir Glacier. In Scotland, the John Muir Way, a 130 mile long distance route, was named in honor of him.

In his later life, Muir devoted most of his time to the preservation of the Western forests. He petitioned the U.S. Congress for the National Park bill that was passed in 1890, establishing Yosemite National Park. The spiritual quality and enthusiasm toward nature expressed in his writings inspired readers, including presidents and congressmen, to take action to help preserve large nature areas. He is today referred to as the "Father of the National Parks" and the National Park Service has produced a short documentary about his life.

Muir has been considered 'an inspiration to both Scots and Americans'. Muir's biographer, Steven J. Holmes, believes that Muir has become "one of the patron saints of twentieth-century American environmental activity," both political and recreational. As a result, his writings are commonly discussed in books and journals, and he is often quoted by nature photographers such as Ansel Adams. "Muir has profoundly shaped the very categories through which Americans understand and envision their relationships with the natural world," writes Holmes. Muir was noted for being an ecological thinker, political spokesman, and religious prophet, whose writings became a personal guide into nature for countless individuals, making his name "almost ubiquitous" in the modern environmental consciousness. According to author William Anderson, Muir exemplified "the archetype of our oneness with the earth", while biographer Donald Worster says he believed his mission was "...saving the American soul from total surrender to materialism.":403 On April 21, 2013, the first ever John Muir Day was celebrated in Scotland, which marked the 175th anniversary of his birth, paying homage to the conservationist.

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Ellie Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book! Walking through America's most magical places
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 8, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book! Walking through America's most magical places
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 8, 2019
Beautiful book! I'd always meant to read the writings of John Muir before, and seeing the artwork for the set that Vertebrate Publishing are producing I thought it was finally time. Originally published in 1901, it felt like I was turning back the clock and exploring the forests and trails of America that very few other feet had wandered along before. As I was reading Our National Parks it felt like I was reading a Lord of the Rings book - Muir goes into such detail describing the landscapes, personifying the trees, streams and mountains: “The mighty trees getting their food are seen to be wide-awake, every needle thrilling in the welcome of the nourishing storms, chanting and bowing low in glorious harmony …”
I loved reading it, and it was thought-provoking to consider how much we have or haven't changed in relation to our respect for the environment. Muir is clearly deeply passionate about preserving the lands, and his call to nature (particularly in the final chapter) is as valid and apt for today's global problems as it was when he wrote it over 100 years ago. Strongly recommended reading for anyone considering!
“Going into the woods is going home; for I suppose we came from the woods originally”
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