Walking Away From The Land

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Xlibris Corporation, Jun 27, 2014 - Nature - 522 pages
Walking Away from the Land focuses on the rapid cultural and climatic changes occurring at the crest of the North American continent. They are challenging the survival of our forests, grasslands, native wildlife, and our very civilization. This book details a three-summer Odyssey hiking the length of the Continental Divide Trail from the Canadian Rockies to the Mexican border. It focuses on the region's cultural and natural history, while using the author's personal history as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal and as an Oregon forester to underline the dangers we face as an increasingly urbanized society.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
13
Introduction
15
Part I
21
Chapter I
23
The Belly River Valley
33
Returning to the Land
38
Many Glacier
41
Rocky Mountain Bighorn
45
The Cochetopa Hills
274
The Gate of the Buffalo
276
The La Garita Wilderness
281
Snow Mesa
285
Lake City
286
Chapter IX
289
Rock Rabbits
295
Walking an Alpine Electric Chair
299

Chapter II
53
Fire Season
57
The Pentagon
60
The Chinese Wall
62
The Scapegoat
66
Moon Valley
71
Technology Comes to Nepal
76
The Corps of Discovery
79
The Land of Luddites
81
Chapter III
90
Water and Badgers
95
Historic Helena
99
The Cattlemans Dream
103
Superfund Valley
108
Bars Books and Buddies
113
The Pintler Porcupines and Potshots
116
Chapter IV
121
Wildfire Yin and Yang
123
Echoes of the Nez Percé
132
Bitterroot Goodbyes
134
Roadside Reflections
139
Dirt Bikes Deadhorses and Drowned Cows
144
Woodcutting Entrepreneurs
147
Lemhi Pass
151
Mining Mistakes
153
Sheep Wars
154
The Leadore Debate Club
156
Chapter V
159
Visitors to a FarOff Land
162
PUDS
165
Wolf Ecology
166
BarrelRolling Cowpokes
169
Moose Cavalry
170
Monida Pass
175
Loneliness
181
The Lost Sheep of the Targhee
183
Swiss Chesse Forestry
186
Chapter VI
196
Fireworks
199
Rendezvous of Another Kind
202
Alkali and Cholera
204
The Medicine BowRoutt National Forest
207
Enchanting Encampment
209
The Huston Park Wilderness
212
AllTerrain Toyland
214
Colorado
215
The Mount Zirkel Wilderness
218
Mosquito Madness
222
Steamboat Springs
224
Limping into the Arapaho
226
The Never Summer Wilderness
232
Chapter VII
235
Rocky Mountain National Park
236
An Evening Visitor
239
The Front Range
242
Indian Peaks Wilderness
245
Time Travel
246
Elk Highlands
247
Silverthorne
252
Chapter VIII
257
Twin Lakes
260
The Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
262
Coyotes and Marmots
265
Salida
268
Redirecting Raymond
306
Pagosa Springs
308
Weminuche Wilderness
313
Hurricane
317
Chapter X
321
The Carson National Forest
324
The Rio Vallecitos
327
Land of the Can
330
Ghost Ranch
332
The Santa Fe National Forest
336
The San Pedro Parks Wilderness
337
Cuba
339
Mesa Portales
341
Arroyo de los Cerros
344
Walking Trees
350
Grants
356
Chapter XI
361
Packsack Pointers
367
The Thomas Ranch
371
My Kind of Town Pie Town
373
Keep Off
380
The ApacheSitgreaves National Forest
381
A Thirsty Wanderer
383
The Tularosa Mountains
386
Geronimos Birthright the Gila Wilderness
388
Geronimo
394
The Gila Cliff Dwellings
397
Doc Campbells
400
Peccaries and Pigs
401
Silver City
405
Chapter XII
408
Waterless Options
410
Hachita
413
Rattlesnakes and Cobras
417
Antelope Wells
420
Lordsburg
424
Chapter XIII
426
Wind Farming Americas Great Divide
430
The Sage Grouse
431
WindPowered Guillotines
435
Are Horses Getting a Free Ride?
437
Horse Logging
443
Great Divide Basin Companions
444
Pioneer Trails
448
South Pass City
451
Chapter XIV
454
There and Back Again
458
The Green River
462
Confused but Not Lost
465
Coyote Wars
467
The Whitebark Pine and the Grizzly
468
Dubois and Togwotee Pass
473
Chapter XV
476
Wolves Elk and the Huntsman
479
Mount Sheridan and Heart Lake
485
Shoshone Lake
487
Old Faithful
489
CDT Reflections
492
The CaribouTarghee National Forest
497
Macks Inn to the Canadian Rockies
499
Chapter XVI
500
Creating a New World Citizen
505
Index
511
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Jonathan Stewart tackled the Pacific Crest Trail after working over three decades as a backcountry guard, smokejumper, fire management officer, volunteer coordinator, national fire plan coordinator and public affairs officer for the U.S. Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest. He also served six years as the executive director of the Northwest Service Academy, an AmeriCorps program focused on hands-on conservation. He earned a degree history and journalism from the University of Oregon, worked as a journalist for the Tuscola Journal and joined the Green Revolution as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal.

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