Our Land, Ourselves: Readings on People and Place

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Peter Forbes, Ann Armbrecht Forbes, Helen Whybrow
Trust for Public Land, 1999 - Nature - 240 pages
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Our Land, Ourselves is a collection of diverse readings on the many themes of people and place-themes such as the protection of wilderness and the idea of the wild, the nature of home, the purpose of work, and the meaning of community. These voices suggest a new way of viewing land conservation as the process of building values and positively shaping human lives.This book is the product of a two-year effort by The Trust For Public Land to help the organization and the larger conservation movement to more fully understand and directly apply the core social values of land conservation. To accomplish this goal, The Trust for Public Land has assembled some of the most cogent voices of the past and present to create this unique anthology. A quick scan of the contents reveals a virtual Dream Team of agrarian philosophy: -- Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac-- Wallace Stegner, The Wilderness Letter-- David Orr, Speed-- Dianne Dumanowski, Rethinking Environmentalism-- Donella H. Meadows, Lines in the Mind-- Wendell Berry, Another Turn of the Crank-- Terry Tempest Williams, Testimony-- Bill McKibben, Job and the Wilderness-- Gary Snyder, The Etiquette of Freedom-- Michael Pollan, Second Nature-- Gene Logsdon, The Contrary Farmer-- Gary Paul Nabhan, Cultures of HabitatThe result is a compact, beautifully-written collection that reflects the TPL mission to preserve the fabric of our society by conserving the land.The statistics of land use can be grim. America is losing more than 7,000 acres daily to strip malls and sub-divisions. Most of our wetlands are already lost, and 96 percent of our virgin forest has lost forever. But as our farmsand ranches get pushed further and further into the hinterlands, there is a growing recognition that land conservation must be the bridge between home, good work, meaningful lives, and a future of hope. With a singular passio

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Contents

Interviews JamesHilbnan
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Another Turn of the Crank Wendell Berry
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The Wilderness of History Donald Worster
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About the author (1999)

Peter has become a leader for the American conservation movement by creating a life in conservation as photographer, writer, and storyteller about the relationship between people and place. For the last fifteen years, Peter has focused his energies on bringing together and strengthening the worlds of environmentalism and social justice and offering those professions his experience with story, facilitation, contemplative practice, and relationship to nature.nbsp; Peter is always learning and innovating across the boundaries of profession, culture, and home, and this has made his work influential to the different fields of leadership development, sustainability, philanthropy, and conservation. You might find him teaching spoon-carving on a city street, or giving a keynote address on courage at a national conference, or helping to heal a fracture within a community, or photographing a lost art.nbsp; What he cares most about is strengthening people's connections to one another and the land that sustains them, the most visible and important example being his family's farm and tapestry in the Mad River Valley of Vermont. He is the co-editor of Our Land, Ourselves , author of The Great Remembering and What Is a Whole Community , nbsp;and co-author of Coming to Land in a Troubled World, and collaborated with William Coperthwaite as the photographer for A Handmade Life . You can learn more about him at Peterforbes.org.

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