The Wildfire Reader: A Century of Failed Forest Policy

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George Wuerthner
Island Press, Aug 4, 2006 - Business & Economics - 440 pages
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The Wildfire Reader presents, in an affordable paperback edition, the essays included in Wildfire, offering a concise overview of fire landscapes and the past century of forest policy that has affected them.

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Hetch Hetchy was not the home of the Miwok. Hetch Hetchy was a Paiute area. That is why there is a Piute Creek, Piute Meadows and Piute Mountain in the area. The petroglyphs are Paiute. Miwoks did not make petroglyphs. The Miwoks came from the San Joaquin Valley to dig gold for whites like Charles Weber and James Savage and that is how they got to live in the area. The Paiutes were aggressive and 'troublesome' to the whites so the whites pushed the Paiutes out. The last know documented entry into Hetch Hetchy was Paiutes going to pick, NOT TRADE, acorns in Hetch Hetchy. Also you can Google Notes on Hetch Hetchy and see who 'owned' Hetch Hetchy...and it was not the Miwoks. Just a little Indian information. Also the original Indians of Yosemite were NOT Miwoks, but Paiutes. Miwoks were scouts for the white militia and workers. The Miwoks were afraid to enter Yosemite Valley. That is documented in Dr. Lafayette H. Bunnell's book Discovery of the Yosemite. Bunnell was the only man to meet and write about everything we know about Chief Tenaya and the original Indians of Yosemite. He wrote that Chief Tenaya was born at Paiute Mono Lake, not Yosemite. Tenaya was the founder of the Paiute colony of Ahwahnee and spoke Paiute. James Savage, who spoke Miwok, brought a Paiute speaker to translate to Chief Tenaya. Miwoks were the enemies of the original Yosemite Indians.  

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George Wuerthner is a professional photographer and the author of more than two dozen books on natural history and other environmental topics, including Wildfire: A Century of Failed Forest Policy (Island Press 2006). He is the co-author of Welfare Ranching: The Subsidized Destruction of the American West (Island Press 2002).

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