Prophets and Moguls Rangers and Rogues Bison and Bears

Author: Heather Hansen
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 1594858896
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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•* Celebrates the dedicated men and women of our National Park Service (NPS) who have safeguarded the nation’s natural legacy for 100 years •* 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service •* 125 images including many archival photos Anyone who has stood beneath a redwood, neck craned to see its top rising far above; or who has heard ghostly whispers of residents long-past among the burnt-red cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde; or who has climbed the stairs to gaze out from the Statue of Liberty’s crown, would agree that our National Park system is a source of pride and wonder. But 100 years ago, creating a bureau to administer America’s vast and diverse parks was a concept requiring great debate and persuasion. The story of the National Park Service is the story of people who fought for the protection of the places that have helped to define our national identity, those places we now hold dear—from the blue hazy mist that hangs over Great Smokey Mountains National Park to the spouting geysers of Yellowstone to the thick, steamy waterways of the Everglades. The NPS founders were the architects of our family vacations, the inventors of icons with worldwide appeal. They battled “progress,” which often masked greed and ignorance, and their story continues with those who molded and grew the NPS through a flu pandemic, the Great Depression, World Wars, and beyond. Prophets and Moguls, Rangers and Rogues, Bison and Bears is the engaging and accessible story of the NPS that brings to life its history and characters. The result of extensive research, dozens of interviews with Park Service employees, and the author’s own experiences at park units she visited all over the country, it’s a highly readable history that connects the dots of past to present and will remind readers of the vast array of public assets administered by the NPS—resources which offer something for everyone and also need every citizen’s support.

Wildfire

Author: Heather Hansen
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 168051072X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The author was embedded with one of the busiest wildfire crews in the United States Reveals wildfires through the experiences of the people who go face-to-face with them Focuses on challenges faced in Western states. Every year wildfires ravage forests, destroy communities, and devastate human lives, with only the bravery of dedicated firefighters creating a barrier against even greater destruction. Throughout the 2016 wildfire season, journalist Heather Hansen witnessed firsthand the heroics of the Station 8 crew in Boulder, Colorado. She tells that story here, layered with the added context of the history, science, landscape, and human behavior that, year-by-year, increases the severity, frequency, and costs of conflagrations in the West. She examines the changes in both mindset and activity around wildfires and tracks the movement from wildfire as something useful, to something feared, to something necessary but roundly dreaded. Wildfire shares the drama, hardships, and experiences of the firefighters who try, sometimes in vain, to prevent destruction when a spark flares out of control. Hansen tells the rich and frightening stories of the firefighters themselves and the challenges they face: a safety system struggling to keep up with fire seasons that are lengthening, fires that are becoming more extreme, and agencies that are struggling to cover the bills.

100 Classic Hikes Montana

Author: Douglas Lorain
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 1594859124
Format: PDF, Docs
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Jagged, glacier-clad peaks, sparkling cirque lakes, crystal-clear rivers, striking canyons, vast prairies and badlands—Montana is a hiker’s dream. And Douglas Lorain has hiked it corner to corner in 100 Classic Hikes: Montana to bring you this carefully selected collection of the state’s premier hikes—many of which have never appeared in any hiking guide. With outstanding scenery as the primary criteria, each richly rewarding hike offers the opportunity to see wildlife, old-growth forests, colorful wildflowers, brilliant fall colors, spectacular vistas, or fascinating geologic features. Explore the shady forests of the Cabinet Mountains in the northwest, the world-famous wilderness of Glacier National Park, the incredible variety of trails that wind through the dramatic Bitterroots, the undiscovered gems of the Beaverhead Mountains, or the surprisingly varied landscapes of rolling grasslands, wildlife-rich marshes, and deep canyons in the eastern part of the state. Whether you’re looking for an easy Saturday afternoon jaunt with the family, a memorable day hike to a Big Sky summit, or an epic backpacking trip, you’ll find the best of the best in this guide. Features include: Full-color photos and maps Routes ranging from short day hikes to challenging multiday backcountry trips “Hikes at a Glance” chart for easy trip selection Detailed route descriptions including distance, difficulty, hiking time, elevation gain, best season, trailhead GPS coordinates, and more Recommendations for extending your hike

Creating the National Park Service

Author: Horace M. Albright
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 9780806131559
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Two men played a crucial role in the creation and early history of the National Park Service: Stephen T. Mather, a public relations genius of sweeping vision, and Horace M. Albright, an able lawyer and administrator who helped transform that vision into reality. In Creating the National Park Service, Albright and his daughter, Marian Albright Schenck, reveal the previously untold story of the critical "missing years" in the history of the service. During this period, 1917 and 1918, Mather's problems with manic depression were kept hidden from public view, and Albright, his able and devoted assistant, served as acting director and assumed Mather's responsibilities. Albright played a decisive part in the passage of the National Park Service Organic Act of 1916; the formulation of principles and policies for management of the parks; the defense of the parks against exploitation by ranchers, lumber companies, and mining interests during World War I; and other issues crucial to the future of the fledgling park system. This authoritative behind-the-scenes history sheds light on the early days of the most popular of all federal agencies while painting a vivid picture of American life in the early twentieth century.

The Wonder of It All

Author: Yosemite Conservancy
Publisher: Yosemite Conservancy
ISBN: 1930238703
Format: PDF, Docs
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Since the founding of the National Park Service in 2016, tens of thousands of NPS employees and volunteers have devoted themselves to preserving our public lands, which today number more than 400. Each person’s NPS career is unique, seasoned with daily duties, grand adventures, and everything in between! Yet there is one common element: each person has plenty of material for terrific stories about living and working in America’s most special places. These 100 true stories from current and past NPS employees and volunteers make for an engrossing, funny, and often moving read, with something for everyone. The writers welcome visitors, ride the rails, collar caribou, reenact and make history, and every day face the mystery of wildness—including plenty of bears!—all for America’s public lands. Featuring more than 100 photograph and stories from 80 different parks, monuments, and historic sites, stretching from the coast of Maine to American Samoa, The Wonder of It All is sure to inspire a new generation to cherish the natural and cultural resources that the National Park Service was born to preserve.

National Park Ranger

Author: Farabee Jr.
Publisher: Roberts Rinehart
ISBN: 1570984468
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In this celebration of one of America's most enduring symbols, fromer ranger Butch Farabee brielfy revies the evolution of this national symbol.

Wildfire

Author: Heather Hansen
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 168051072X
Format: PDF, ePub
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The author was embedded with one of the busiest wildfire crews in the United States Reveals wildfires through the experiences of the people who go face-to-face with them Focuses on challenges faced in Western states. Every year wildfires ravage forests, destroy communities, and devastate human lives, with only the bravery of dedicated firefighters creating a barrier against even greater destruction. Throughout the 2016 wildfire season, journalist Heather Hansen witnessed firsthand the heroics of the Station 8 crew in Boulder, Colorado. She tells that story here, layered with the added context of the history, science, landscape, and human behavior that, year-by-year, increases the severity, frequency, and costs of conflagrations in the West. She examines the changes in both mindset and activity around wildfires and tracks the movement from wildfire as something useful, to something feared, to something necessary but roundly dreaded. Wildfire shares the drama, hardships, and experiences of the firefighters who try, sometimes in vain, to prevent destruction when a spark flares out of control. Hansen tells the rich and frightening stories of the firefighters themselves and the challenges they face: a safety system struggling to keep up with fire seasons that are lengthening, fires that are becoming more extreme, and agencies that are struggling to cover the bills.

Disappearing Destinations

Author: Kimberly Lisagor
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307389286
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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A beautiful and memorable look at some of the most gorgeous endangered places on the planet. Machu Picchu is a mesmerizing, ancient Incan city tucked away in the mountains of Peru, but it is rapidly being worn down by the thousands of feet treading across its stones. Glacier National Park is a destination long known for the stunning beauty of its ice floes, but in our lifetimes it will have no glaciers due to global warming. In the biobays of Puerto Rico swimmers can float in a sea shimmering with bioluminescent life, but sediment being churned up by development is killing the dinoflagellates that produce the eerie and beautiful glow. And in the Congo Basin of Africa, where great apes roam freely in lush, verdant rainforests, logging is quickly destroying the vast life-giving canopies. These places-along with many others across the globe-are changing as we speak due to global warming, environmental degradation, overuse, and natural causes. From the Boreal Forests in Finland to the Yangtze River Valley in China, 37 Places to See Before They Disappear is a treasure trove of geographic wonder, and a guide to these threatened destinations and what is being done to save them. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Wild Creative

Author: Tami Lynn Kent
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451668546
Format: PDF, ePub
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Realign yourself with the creative currents that flow deep within, and you’ll see your work and home life transformed and inspired by this completely new understanding of creativity. At its root, creativity is the practice of engagement; it’s the marriage of feminine and masculine energy. By restoring that creative energy—and thus seeking our dreams—we can realign ourselves with an ancient, limitless presence, and reawaken the wild creative within. In Wild Creative, Tami Lynn Kent shows you how to tap into your creative center and access the natural, sustaining energy that is inherently yours. In doing so, you’ll embark on a journey to achieve your dreams and restore your inner creative map. In addition, you’ll discover that when creativity and inspiration take center stage in your life, miracles both large and small unfold. Not only does Kent offer a wellspring of valuable insights, she also details her own experience building a framework of creativity that has served the well-being of herself, her family, and her business. Wild Creative shows how, by following the creative source within each of us, we can nourish a vibrant and successful life.