Download PDF by William C. Tweed: Uncertain Path: A Search for the Future of National Parks

By William C. Tweed

ISBN-10: 0520947304

ISBN-13: 9780520947306

During this provocative jogging meditation, author and previous park ranger William Tweed takes us to California’s astonishing excessive Sierra to find a brand new imaginative and prescient for our nationwide parks as they strategy their one centesimal anniversary. Tweed, who labored one of the Sierra Nevada’s gigantic peaks and massive bushes for greater than thirty years, has now hiked greater than 2 hundred miles alongside California’s John Muir path in a private look for solutions: How will we deal with the weather swap we're seeing even now—in melting glaciers in Glacier nationwide Park, altering wet seasons on Mt Rainer, and extra hearth within the West’s iconic parks. may still we intrude the place we will to maintain biodiversity? may still the parks in simple terms turn into atmosphere museums that show well-known landscapes and species? Asking how we will be able to make those significant parks appropriate for the subsequent new release, Tweed, via his trip, eventually exhibits why we needs to just do that.

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Their numbers were not large, and their populations faded inevitably as European civilization advanced. Certainly, these “primitive peoples” had not played any significant role in making the continent’s landscapes. Instead, 24 / South from Yosemite “nature,” an expression of God’s will, ruled the New World. The role of humankind in this worldview was to “civilize” the landscape and make it humanly productive. Similar views developed on other English colonial frontiers, and it is not accidental that other Englishspeaking countries, like Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, eventually developed national park systems that strongly resemble the one created by the United States.

Situated on the northeast slopes of the jagged peaks of the Ritter Range, this landscape has been appreciated and fought over for more than a century. From 1890 until 1904 the area fell within the boundaries of Yosemite National Park, but then mining and grazing interests succeeded in removing this land from the park and reopening it to more intense use. ” In 1964, when Congress passed the Wilderness Act, this land became one of the founding units in the new national wilderness system. Originally called the Minarets Wilderness, the reservation was almost doubled in size and renamed for Ansel Adams in 1984, the year of Adams’s death.

Instead, I have another date with civilization—Lake Edison and the Vermilion Valley Resort. As I move south toward Mono Creek, I give up all the altitude I earned yesterday. The trail descends steeply, making its way down the North Fork to the impressive canyon of Mono Creek. Here I meet the Mono Trail, a trans-Sierra route used by native peoples for millennia and first crossed by Euro-Americans in the 1860s. An hour’s walk down Mono Creek brings me to the Muir Trail’s Mono Creek crossing, where the southbound Muir Trail begins its climb toward Selden Pass.

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