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Behind the scenes of Natural Rivals

A series of links to cool sources

I started with Donald Worster’s great bio of John Muir

Char Miller’s bio of Gifford Pinchot gave me the bones of the counterpoint for #NaturalRivals

The #NaturalRivals Muir and Pinchot shaped American public lands. Here’s a catalog of those lands:

The #NaturalRivals Muir and Pinchot are relevant today because the official 2016 Republican party platform was to “convey certain federally controlled public lands to states”

The 2016 “Malheur mess” highlighted Western tensions over public lands, which are a legacy of #NaturalRivals Muir and Pinchot

As this search showed, in 2017 public lands were a big part of the #resist movement. But where did they come from? #NaturalRivals

Some hope that undoing the 120-year legacy of public lands would bring back good rural jobs, but this great story convinced me otherwise. #NaturalRivals

When I wrote a #NaturalRivals story about the history of national park campground concessionaires, and Newsweek titled it, “Is Trump about to Sell Off our National Parks?”, I wondered if public lands debates were overblown.

Like me in #NaturalRivals, author Stephen Fox used John Muir’s life to look at bigger issues.

After studying this book to write #NaturalRivals, I learned that the author’s son is a friend of mine

An invaluable resource on the life of Gifford Pinchot #NaturalRivals

Muir and Pinchot were #NaturalRivals the way Larry Bird and Magic Johnson were. And the Magic/Bird rivalry turned the NBA into an international sport.

For the critical difference between “public lands” and “the public trust,” I found this article essential.

Amazingly, all of John Muir’s journals are online. Here’s a scrap from when he and Gifford Pinchot met.

I decided to frame these as a series of tidbits, which have gone out via and over the last few weeks. To get 'em in real time, feel free to follow!

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I wrote my first blog post in October, 2003, powered by a website called Blogger. As a Montana author, writing about the history of the West in this new medium seemed worthwhile. I wrote about tribali


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