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About this book
About this book
The Sierra Nevada - a single unbroken mountain range stretching north to south over four hundred miles of California and Nevada - has been the site of human activity for millennia. From the wildlife management efforts of ancient Native Americans to the burgeoning resort and residential development of the present, the Sierra landscape reflects the multiple uses of its resources.
Available now for the first time in paperback, "Crow's Range" offers a deeply informed account of the history, environmental challenges, and political controversies that lie behind the breathtaking scenery of the Sierra.
David Beesley taught history at Sierra College for twenty-eight years and has published numerous articles on the labor, ethnic, and environmental history of the Sierra Nevada. In 1995 and 1996 he served as an associate with the Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project and supplied a portion of its report to Congress. He lives in Nevada City, California.
464 pages, 2 maps, 76 b/w photos
Beesley has succeeded admirably in presenting a solid summary of humanity's use of the Sierra Nevada, providing in effect a 'hiking guide' for those of us who wish to delve deeper into the sagas and controversies of our long relations with 'Crow's Range.' He has certainly re-awakened my personal commitment to the Sierras. - Ken Pirie, Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments "Beesley has meshed the scientific background with the political and cultural history of the Sierra Nevada, into the most comprehensive work written on the 'Range of Light.'... This should be required reading for all park and forest managers, interpreters and rangers, whether they work in the Sierra Nevada or elsewhere in the West." - Barbara Rohde, Park Interpreter, Nevada State Parks "[Crow's Range is] a model for studies of the West's other regions." - Kevin R. Marsh, Western Historical Quarterly"