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The Wilderness Writings of Howard Zahniser

edited by Mark Harvey

Publication Year: 2014

Published by: University of Washington Press

Series: Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classics

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Foreword: A Great and Humble Man

William Cronon

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pp. ix-xii

It could hardly be more fitting that this long-planned anthology, The Wilderness Writings of Howard C. Zahniser, should be published just in time to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of one of the greatest legislative achievements in the history of American conservation. In 1964, after...

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pp. xiii-xv

My interest in Howard Zahniser originated in the early 1980s when I was a graduate student in history at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. While working on research involving the controversy over the proposed Echo Park dam, I often found myself in the wonderfully rich science...

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pp. xvi-2

Thanking colleagues, friends, and family is one of the most pleasurable tasks in the process of publishing a book. A number of individuals have contributed to the making of this volume and offered me invaluable assistance and the benefit of their expertise, for which I am most grateful...

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Introduction: Evangelist for the Wilderness

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pp. 3-12

Howard Zahniser was an office man who spent the bulk of his working hours at the headquarters of The Wilderness Society in Washington, DC. For almost twenty years, from 1945 until 1964, he sat at a desk and poured over an immense body of printed material involving wilderness in...

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Part 1: The Makings of a Nature Writer

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pp. 13-42

One who knows the outdoors will make his own appointments in May. From year to year he remembers. For him there are 31 May Days. He needs not to be told what to see, what to listen for, or what the fragrances are...

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Part 2: Transition to The Wilderness Society

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pp. 43-86

I have been told that all who come to Warren and go on up the Allegheny River to study the area around Kinzua go away with the impression: “It’s too bad to have to do anything with such a beautiful valley.” And that, I understand, includes engineers and many others whose reason for visiting...

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Part 3: Campaigning for Wilderness

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pp. 87-110

The Wilderness Society has as its prime purpose the preservation of wilderness—in perpetuity—for the educational, scientific, and recreational benefit of the people, not only those of the present generation but also those in future years...

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Part 4: Threats to Wild Lands

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pp. 111-144

Our wilderness areas, here and there, and thus eventually everywhere, are in danger of being taken away from us for other uses. They also are in danger, here and there, and thus eventually everywhere, of being destroyed as wilderness by overuse, misuse, and even by various measures for their...

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Part 5: The Campaign for the Wilderness Bill

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pp. 145-170

It has long been my opinion, and one that I have frequently expressed, that wilderness preservation policies in this country will not be firmly established and secure until those who might wish to make conflicting use of our wilderness areas have joined in developing such policies and, having...

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Part 6: The Last Hurdle

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pp. 171-196

Our concern here is with the common good that comes with the blessings of recreation in the out-of-doors. Most of us here are concerned, I believe, not with protecting our own personal privileges but, rather, inspired by our own experiences, we have a motivating satisfaction in accomplishing...

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Part 7: Testimonies

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pp. 197-208

In the death of Howard Zahniser the country has lost an authentic and sensitive exponent of the wilderness. Not only was he executive director of The Wilderness Society and editor of The Living Wilderness. Not only was he a persistent advocate—in hearings, articles, and speeches—of preservation...

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Excerpts from the Wilderness Act of 1964

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pp. 209-212

An act to establish a National Wilderness Preservation System for the permanent good of the whole people, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled...

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 213-216


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pp. 217-218


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pp. 219-230

E-ISBN-13: 9780295805153
E-ISBN-10: 0295805153
Print-ISBN-13: 9780295993911
Print-ISBN-10: 029599391X

Publication Year: 2014

Series Title: Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classics