Episode 39: Kenneth Brower on Saving Point Reyes National Seashore
Kenneth Brower is an American environmental writer. He has written a number of books about the environment, national parks, and natural places. He authored the series The Earth’s Wild Places, which was published by the Friends of the Earth in the 1970s. His most widely read book, on Yosemite, is in over 1,200 WorldCat libraries. Many of his books have been published by the National Geographic Society and several have been translated into Japanese, German, Spanish, and Hebrew.
Ken is the oldest son of the late environmentalist David Brower, founder of several organizations, such as Friends of the Earth and Earth Island Institute, and also served as the first Executive Director of the Sierra Club.
Point Reyes is a prominent cape and popular Northern California tourist destination on the Pacific coast. It is located in Marin County approximately 30 miles northwest of San Francisco. Ken Brower grew up an advocate for Point Reyes since his father, as Executive Director of the Sierra Club, was instrumental, in Kennedy signing National Seashore authorizing legislation.
Today, Point Reyes is at risk from a threat no one expects to exist in a National Seashore or any National Park.
- Grazing in national parks
- The power of the ranching industry over people who should know better
- Tule Elk
- Winning the battle to capture the public’s imagination and support for wilderness (again)
- The Sierra Club cup
- Read: The Great Giveaway Continues
- Read: “Proposed Point Reyes Seashore Plan is a Giveaway to Ranchers
- Read: “Point Reyes management plan calls for shooting elk, preserving ranches“
- Visit Restore Point Reyes
- Read: Wildness Within: Remembering David Brower
BookTV: Kenneth Brower, “The Wildness Within: Remembering David Brower”
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Jack started Rewilding work as Executive Director of Sky Island Alliance in the mid-1990’s, organizing the Sky Island Wildlands Network design, ripping up illegal roads on forest service lands, installing wolf acclimatization pens on Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch & conducting howling surveys to help make way for the final stage of the Lobo reintroduction program in the Southwest.
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