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Rce 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 I received a free electronic copy of this excellent history of America s Public Lands on December 5 2019 from Netgalley Mark Kenyon and Little A Publishing Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me Kenyon brings to us all the many reasons our public lands are worth fighting for and details the battles we and our forefathers have fought to keep this important heritage for our children and grandchildren and theirs I am pleased to recommend this work to friends and family Mark Kenyon is an author I will followThis is a must read for all ages For hunters fishermen adventure filmmakers and writers mountain bikers skiers backpackers and RVers for people looking for a picnic spot to those with a summer to spend in the wilds This is a go to for finding your favorite place the spot that you know in your soul you need to find peace or to share with a loved one Kenyon covers all the greats and many of the not so great parks for those of us seeking solitude and the blessings of wilderness He also defines all the past proponents of our national parks forests Wilderness parks BLM and monuments from Teddy Roosevelt Edward Abby Wallace Stegner to modern nature lovers like this author Randy Newberg Peter Metcalf Rose Marcario of Patagonia and corporations like Patagonia REI and Cabela This is a battle we will lose if we don t stand together And it is a dirty fight Always check your sources before you believe what you read and especially before you donate Those seeking to move federal lands to state control or private sale can throw unlimited funds into the fight We can t match them a dollar per dollar We need to make every penny of our hard won money count This is not a political party issue but a concerted effort to keep irreplaceable wild America as it is I will end with a uote Kenyon shared from Yvon Chouinard the founder of Patagonia They say that hunters and tree huggers can t get together That s BS The only way we re going to get anything done is to work together And remember that if they can t buy the lands they can cut the funding until there is nothing left to save Just look at what happened to our parks especially Joshua Tree National Park over the last Federal budget shutdown pub date Dec 1 2019rec Dec 5 2019Publisher Little AReviewed on December 17 2019 at Goodreads Netgalley Smile BarnesNoble and BookBub Not available for review on Kobo or GooglePlay

review ô eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ô Mark Kenyon

That Wild Country

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 uniuely profound and endangered part of the American landscape 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 environmentalpolitical 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 campertrailer 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

Mark Kenyon Ô 8 review

From 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 lands Every American is a public That Wild Epubland owner inheritor to the largest public land trust in the world These vast expanses provide a home to wildlife populations a vital sou This is an elegy for our public lands in America that are slowly being consumedTrashGraffitiInfluencersEncroachmentIn many ways we are loving our public lands to death We are desperate to prove that we did something or that we went somewhere that we disregard nature for our own desires We stray from the paths that keep the lands safe We trample poppies and climb fences Public lands are suffering from this and changingThis book is a remembrance of what escapism is all about What it is for The lands are for getting away not for your next post This book dives into the history of why public lands are so cherished and necessary in the United States and how the author likes to use them He emphasizes that even in this crazy digital world we are in it is possible to disconnect completelyI like the idea of being able to remove myself from the modern and reconnect to the past and to nature It is so difficult to do but I believe that it is necessary for the soulWe need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope Edward Abbey


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

  2. says:

    This historic overview of our national public lands was a great readAs a seventy year old female nature lover and birder I was unsu

  3. says:

    This is an elegy for our public lands in America that are slowly being consumedTrashGraffitiInfluencersEncroachmentIn many ways we are loving our public lands to death We are desperate to prove that we did something or that we went somewhere that we disregard nature for our own desires We stray from the paths that keep the lands safe We trample poppies and climb fences Public lands are suffering from this and changingTh

  4. says:

    I received a free electronic copy of this excellent history of America's Public Lands on December 5 2019 from Netgalley Mark Kenyon and Little A Publishing Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me Kenyon brings to us all the many reasons our public lands are worth fighting for and details the battles we and our forefathers have fought to keep this important heritage for our children and grandchildren

  5. says:

    I am a National Park addict I have made it a point to always visit the national parks available to all Americans

  6. 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 detai

  7. says:

    A must read for anyone who uses public lands BLM National forests national parks etc This was the perfect mix of adventure s

  8. 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

  9. says:

    An informative and soul grabbing account of our public landI love the outdoors; but wouldn’t have called myself a conservationist b

  10. 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 w