That Wild Country

That Wild CountryFrom Prominent Outdoorsman And Nature Writer Mark Kenyon Comes An Engrossing Reflection On The Past And Future Battles Over Our Most Revered Landscapes America S Public LandsEvery American Is A Public Land Owner, Inheritor To The Largest Public Land Trust In The World These Vast Expanses Provide A Home To Wildlife Populations, A Vital Source Of Clean Air And Water, And A Haven For RecreationSince Its Inception, However, America S Public Land System Has Been Embroiled In Controversy Caught In The Push And Pull Between The Desire To Develop The Valuable Resources The Land Holds Or Conserve Them Alarmed By Rising Tensions Over The Use Of These Lands, Hunter, Angler, And Outdoor Enthusiast Mark Kenyon Set Out To Explore The Spaces Involved In This Heated Debate, And Learn Firsthand How They Came To Be And What Their Future Might HoldPart Travelogue And Part Historical Examination, That Wild Country Invites Readers On An Intimate Tour Of The Wondrous Wild And Public Places That Are A Uniquely Profound And Endangered Part Of The American Landscape

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  • Paperback
  • 300 pages
  • That Wild Country
  • Mark Kenyon
  • 04 October 2019
  • 9781542043069

10 thoughts on “That Wild Country

  1. says:

    Years ago, I was fortunate to be on an overseas trip, visiting friends and taking in the sights of England and Scotland I marveled at the age of buildings sometimes twice as old as the settlement site in Jamestown, sadly thinking that we didn t have anything like that in America.How wrong I was.It is the natural wonders of the world that are there for us to enjoy, and Mark Kenyon s book offers a mixture of details that is sure interest everyone If history is your passion, Mr Kenyon takes us on a journey through the pitched battles between the businessmen and the conservationists, each pursuing a diametrically opposed path The parks and monuments we visit today and perhaps take for granted might not have been here if not for the efforts of people like Theodore Roosevelt, George Bird Grinnell, John Muir, and Presidents Harrison, Cleveland, and McKinley When Roosevelt assumed the Presidency, he fought hard for what he believed in, extending by millions of acres the federal land earmarked for enjoyment by the American people These initial steps were later taken farther by people like Aldo Leopold, Bob Marshall, and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.If your interests lie in communing with nature or perhaps you prefer the fishing or hunting aspects , you will not feel left out Mr Kenyon describes his fishing almost as if it were holy and I am sure, to him it is , and even as one who does not fish, I can understand the essence of what he is feeling Hunting trips are also described, although I enjoyed his detailed search to find antlers The author shared that these searches also tell him much of where the deer might be once hunting season commences, certainly a huge advantage to those who walk the forests and mountains hunting with a bow.I found the mixture of history and life interesting and entertaining Wherever Mr Kenyon was hiking or fishing or whatever, he would interject slices of history before returning to what ever he and his wife or friends were doing This kept the book moving forward and I liked the combination of personal life story mixed with historical background This is a great read that just might cause you to begin a search for a good pair of hiking boots Five stars.

  2. says:

    This historic overview of our national public lands was a great read.As a seventy year old female nature lover and birder, I was unsure if I would relate to this young hunter and fisherman s story But one chapter into it I was hooked He vividly describes his journeys into some well known as well as lesser known sites Then he weaves in the history of how those places became publicly owned and preserved He brings together the political battles and challenges in a meaningful way.Every person who loves our National Parks and other natural areas should read this book He makes a great case for how conservative hunting fishing advocates and liberal nature lovers can and should work together to protect our wild and wonderful public lands.

  3. says:

    DNF at page 89 plus some skipping around Just too much travelogue and not enough public land information Kenyon, a hunter and outdoor enthusiast from Michigan, argues in support of federally owned public lands Unfortunately, he seems to lump anyone who doesn t espouse his view in with Cliven Bundy and his radical followers, without delving into what most Westerners actually think Growing up in Utah, I heard the arguments from both sides Most do not disagree with protecting land but are resentful of Eastern politicians locking up Western land simply for environmental political points Obama or to enhance their legacy Clinton Pronouncements are never made with local input, but are done by political expediency And Kenyon seems oblivious to the troubles such land designations cause for those who live there such as the crowds, litter, and noise he complains about on his brief trip to Moab, UT not to mention that few tourism jobs pay well, or that Nat l Parks are woefully underfunded Instead we read pages and pages of his driving where he can t get a spot in crowded campgrounds and trying to figure out how to dump the sewage from his camper trailer For the most part I agree with his view of the value of public lands, but the lack of balance and excess of travelogue was just disappointing.

  4. says:

    I suspect that when Mark Kenyon began writing his ode to the great outdoors, That Wild Country, he expected to arouse controversy He did Those who abhor hunting and fishing or the effort required to enjoy rugged outdoors activity, and dedicated, sometimes pompous, vegans, pooled their self serving mini minds to excoriate him for being a meat eater and a hunter They claim he hypocritically writes praise for both the beautiful country and the animals he loves Can there not be a passion that goes both ways When I read his book and basked in the glorious accounts of his outdoors adventures, some of which involve hunting, fishing, back packing, or simply enjoying nature s glorious countenance, I saw neither lecherous nor unbridled passion as he shoots an animal for sustenance or hooks a glorious fish that, in most cases, he releases Having been a hunter and fisherman all my life, I have reached the point of being slightly uncomfortable with the idea of killing something that lives and breathes in the wilderness, of eliminating a beautiful creature But I understand the passion behind the process and, as long as it isn t wanton and wasteful, I can live with it And I sense the same reservations in Kenyon s devotion, making me a believer and respecter of his position.Now, let s talk about the book It s a marvelous examination of our protected wild spaces, both their existence and their formation His examination of the lands that are threatened by private interests is thorough, interesting, and revelatory Much of the positive political activity he talks about has gone unnoticed He is quick to point out both violations and support for the protections put in place by past activists, including those of some Presidents of the United States He talks about past and present dissenters to the safeguarding of property, pointing out their ragged excuses for objection, most of which are centered on self interest.He also takes the opportunity to discuss his own rambles into the wilderness as he enjoys the quiet, the suspense, the beauty, the discomfort and the climate extremes When recalled by old, crippled up outdoor enthusiasts such as myself, they provoke a shiver of past excitement and well being I ve seldom enjoyed such glorious descriptions of personal experiences His melding of experiential and historical events removes the dust from the historical aspects and gives them revitalization You must read this book for the history and descriptive accounts of venturing into, delighting in, and protecting the wild Thank you, Mark Kenyon, for the glorious opportunity to stay comfortably settled in my recliner as I relive my past I appreciate the preservation efforts.

  5. says:

    Wow This is a wonderful book extolling the beauty of our public lands, and advocating passionately for all of us to protect our incredible heritage, so carefully preserved over than a century It is filled with detail about the evolution of the Public Lands preservation movement, and the current horrific assault by some rapacious corporations and politicians to privatize, exploit, and to sell to developers our incredible natural legacy The author is an avid outdoorsman, a hunter of meat to feed his family, and also a hiker and backwoods camper who loves the serenity and beauty of wild habitat Admittedly, I am uncomfortable with the occasional brief description of a hunt I am a vegetarian, leaning toward vegan yet I unquestionably have an admiration for this man who writes so beautifully about his forays into the wilderness, and advocates so eloquently for everyone to join together to protect our public lands The author presents a clear case for people of all backgrounds and beliefs to join together to preserve our common heritage of public lands for future generations Highly recommended

  6. says:

    I m a kindred soul when it comes to protecting and enjoying our public lands Mark Kenyon a fellow Michigander alternated between visiting wild places and telling the story of how these lands were protected in the first place, as well as what we need to do to keep them safe and unspoiled Wonderful book, I highly recommend it.

  7. says:

    An informative and soul grabbing account of our public landI love the outdoors but wouldn t have called myself a conservationist before, but I am now The author has grabbed and pulled me into his cause The history of the fight is interesting, and the on going battle is so important I am in

  8. says:

    The fight to save the wild places has been a wild ride, and it s not over yet In the Friendly Persuasion, there s a touching scene where the ageing Quaker farmer looks around at his Indiana farm, his children and grandchildren, and asks his wife in bewilderment, How did it all happen, Eliza How did we all get here It s a question every thoughtful person asks sooner or later.For this author a Michigan native, a Google employee turned outdoor writer, and an active hiker, fisherman, and hunter all his life it came when he thought of the vast undeveloped lands owned by the U.S government and enjoyed by millions of people every year An amazing 640 MILLION acres of land in the U.S is publicly owned That s 28% of our country s land and Americans flock to those public parks and forests Every year, 588 MILLION Americans visit national parks, national forests, BLM lands, and national wildlife refuges Almost one TRILLION dollars is spent every year on outdoor recreation, which creates millions of jobs But where did it all come from This fascinating book traces the movement to preserve wild lands and wildlife from its beginnings in the 19th century to the present day stormy political scene After the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the only problem seemed to be disposing of all that land west of the Mississippi The Homestead Act gave land to anyone who d settle on it Huge tracts were given to railroad, mining, and timber companies Civil War soldiers were given land instead of paychecks One billion acres quickly passed from public to private ownership.Even then, some voices were raised to protect the wild lands in the American West In 1964, President Lincoln signed the bill creating Yellowstone National Park Surprisingly, the railroad companies promoted the bill and even donated land in the interests of creating tourist attractions along their lines, thus gaining paying customers Conservationists and business interests pulled together on that one, but it was never as simple again.The American West found a energetic promoter in the person of Theodore Roosevelt An Eastern Establishment type and a Republican, he fell in love with the West and fought to preserve the undeveloped land and its wildlife Backed by his powerful friends in the Boone Crockett Club, he fought for stricter game laws and laws slowing deforestation They achieved the Forest Reserve Act of 1891, still considered one of the most important pieces of conservation legislation.As President, Roosevelt turned the U.S Forest Service into a force for forest protection and used his executive power to create the Grand Canyon National Park over the shrill opposition of the governor of Arizona Western business interests called him a Judas and accused him of socialism, launching a huge, expensive smear campaign against him Teddy stood firm, but in the end, he was forced out of the Republican party.WWII, the lawlessness of the Roaring Twenties, and the start of the Great Depression meant environmental protections eroded during what the author calls an era ruled by greed and fear Then another Roosevelt Franklin D combined his plans to combat the Depression by creating employment with a new wave of conservation The Great Smoky Mountains National Park the country s most visited park was created and the Civilian Conservation Corps provided jobs for thousands of unemployed men and improved both new and existing parks Like his cousin, he faced smear campaigns by business interests and charges of being a land grabbing socialist And like Teddy Roosevelt, he went right on doing what he believed was right.WWII and the post war economic boom brought new challenges for conservationists Public lands were given away to developers Pollution increased as new chemicals became available and America s national symbol the Golden Eagle almost became extinct Finally, there was a backlash and the 1960 s and 1970 s were a golden period for conservationism What s interesting is how often the movement was bi partisan President Richard Nixon has received little credit and none from this author , but the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act were passed during his administration, along with a number of other important conservation bills.Not only was conservation a bi partisan effort then, but conservationists, business interests, and land users cooperated The Pittman Robertson Act taxed guns and ammunition and even bows and arrows to fund wildlife preserves In 1950, the similar Dingell Johnson Act taxed sport fishing equipment and boats Both bills were passed with the full cooperation of hunters and fishermen and have generated billions of dollars in revenue Today, they provide 80% of the funding for state wildlife preserves.When did it change When Ronald Reagan ran for president and declared himself a Sagebrush Rebel The Sagebrush Rebellion is a movement of Westerners who resent laws created by the federal government It started with people like the Clive Bundy family who illegally grazed cattle on public land for decades When the BLM tried to stop them, they called for an armed rebellion against the federal government.It s a complicated issue and I think the author tries to be fair to both sides The then governor of Colorado Richard Lamm, summed up the difficulty of characterizing the movement and its adherents, Only one certainty exists that the Stagebrush is a revolt against federal authority, and at the taproot grows deep in the country s history Beyond that, it is incoherent Part hypocrisy, part demagoguery, partly the honest anger of honest people, it is a movement of confusion and hysteria and terrifyingly destructive potential When the Bundy family took over federal facility and held it by armed force, resulting in one death, the nation learned just HOW destructive the movement could be.Now conservation like climate change is a dirty word for the Republican Party and the party s plank states firmly that the party supports the land transfer movement which sells public lands to developers, timber companies, and mining interests Leaving conservative leaning conservationists like the author of this book out in the cold Every Republican administration since Reagan s has followed the death by a thousand cuts policy of selling lands and cutting funding for conservation programs Then Democratic administrations do what they can to reverse the damage Is this the best we can do To some extent, this is an Easterner against Westerner conflict, since the great majority of public land lies west of the Mississippi River But we Easterners are bleeding, too FDR created the Tennessee Valley Authority to dam rivers, control flooding, produce electricity, and create recreational lakes The land was taken from private owners and the promise was made that it would always be public land Now politicians are finding loop holes to sell that land to developers Let s get it back on the tax rolls is their cry, politely ignoring the inevitable tax breaks given to large developers.Working together for conservation requires compromise and that s something Americans aren t good at Can tree hugging vegans partner with hunters and fishermen Can purists who want NO improvements in parks find common ground with those who want to build roads and pave paths so that the disabled or elderly can enjoy them, too Can people in the rural West be brought into the process and made to feel that they have a voice Or will we continue our current practice of see sawing back and forth Don t be discouraged from reading this book because it has a political message That s less than 20% of the total narrative The bulk of the book is wonderful descriptions of the author s experiences in wild places Childhood trips to the Adirondack Mountains Hikes in the Michigan woods with boyhood friends Travels out west with college friends, exploring territory so wild and rugged it took their breath away in ways than one Camping trips with his wife, a VERY good sport Buffalo are majestic creatures and we all want to preserve them, but a 2,000 lb behemoth scratching his back on your tent poles is another matter Preserving habitat for grizzly bears is something most of us can agree on, but those suckers WILL kill and eat you under the right circumstances.Best of all was the wilderness hiking trip he and his sister took with their vision impaired father There are many ways that a family can enjoy each other, but a hike in the woods will teach you things about your loved ones that you never imagined This is a great book.

  9. says:

    Save our public lands An important, well researched and well written book I am hoping millions will take up the call to action and continue the fight for our wild public spaces.

  10. says:

    I am a National Park addict I have made it a point to always visit the national parks available to all Americans whenever I m near one My favorite is the one I m closest to and thus have visited the most the Great Smoky Mountains NP But I think that Glacier NP has to run a close second this jewel of Western Montana is so lovely, with landscapes and vistas so sweeping and majestic that they almost defy description The wildlife is so varied, from the small pika to mountain goats and bighorn sheep to grizzly bears So this book part a history of the many types of public lands it s not just national parks and how they came into being and how they are managed, and part a travelogue and personal journey of the author s through some of America s most pristine places appealed to me on many levels Some of these are places I ve visited, or want to visit, while others are places I m unlikely to go and yet I feel richer knowing that they are there for all Americans.Americans as a nation own an incredible 28% of our land as public lands 640 million acres It s not just national parks, but also wildernesses, wildlife refuges, national forests, and other publicly managed lands The author starts with Yellowstone the first national park, and first of its kind in the world and traces the development of public land policy as pro conservation forces like Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir were confronted by pro development forces The pendulum swings back and forth over the next 100 years as these two forces continually push and pull the boundaries on how we use our public lands The past few years have been an overall loss for the public as there are forces that want to exploit the resources with little regard to what we all lose This is an important book because Kenyon is not a tree hugger he does hunt and fish and wants to protect the natural areas for those uses The use of public lands can bring together liberals and conservatives, hunters and tree huggers we all should be concerned about our lands It has become a partisan point and it should not be this should concern all of us as Americans This land IS our land unless it is sold or exploited by industry.Quotes to remember Teddy Roosevelt Leave it as it is You cannot improve on it The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it What you can do is keep it for your children, your children s children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American, if he can travel at all, should see Mark Twain supposedly once said that history doesn t repeat itself but it often rhymes wild places and resources of America, especially its forests, shouldn t be monopolized by the rich few, but rather conserved for the many.conservation should be defined by managing natural resources to provide the greatest good for the greatest number in the long run Rooseveltcreated 5 national parks, 150 national forests, than 50 wildlife refuges, and 18 national monuments in total than 230 million acres of newly protected lands And he did all of this despite enormous pushback from anti public land forces.In its 9 years of existence, it s said that the Civilian Conservation Corps planted between 2 and 3 billion trees, cleared 13 thousand miles of hiking trails, built than 40 thousand bridges and 3 thousand fire towers, helped establish than 700 new state parks, made improvements in 94 national parks or monument areas, and developed 52 thousand acres of public campgrounds And while all the work happened nearly a century ago, many CCC projects are still used today.October 2, 1968 The legislation formally established two national scenic trails the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail I had no idea that the AT was this recently established the nation witnessed a rare moment in history when both Democrats and Republicans fought in equal measure to carry the mantle of the environmental movement forward.Rather than proposing overt land salesnow it s Let s cut agency budgets, let s impair the value of these lands, let s not fund all of the management actions, let s not fund all of the back logged maintenance, let s not give the agencies the money they need to do their work.

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