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  • National Parks off the beaten trail

    National Parks off the beaten trail
    Our first campsite was so cramped tents were piled together like tenements. Our path up to Nevada Falls was congested - we got stuck behind fanny-pack hikers snapping photos every 200 feet. Our immersion in nature was so, well, unnatural, we spent...
  • At California's four national monument candidates, the delight is in the details

    At California's four national monument candidates, the delight is in the details
    My aha! moment came after Andy Steele told me to close my eyes and grope a tree. Steele, a retired forest ranger and naturalist at Grand Targhee Resort in Wyoming, then had me eat a few pine needles and kneel in the snow to see whether a squirrel...
  • The joys of food, the great outdoors and quiet

    The joys of food, the great outdoors and quiet
    Summer World A Season of Bounty Bernd Heinrich Ecco: 253 pp., $26.99 Bernd Heinrich is one of our greatest living naturalists in the tradition of Gerald Durrell; he's John Muir (without the wandering), Edward Abbey (without the politics), Jacques...
  • 'The Wilderness Warrior' by Douglas Brinkley

    'The Wilderness Warrior' by Douglas Brinkley
    The Wilderness Warrior Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America Douglas Brinkley Harper: 960 pp., $34.99 Reviewing several Roosevelt biographies in 1920, H.L. Mencken reported that he had found more "gush" than "sense." Douglas Brinkley's...
  • 'The National Parks: America's Best Idea' by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns

    'The National Parks: America's Best Idea' by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns
    Ours is a house divided -- not by red and blue states but by something more essential: our relationship to what's wild. Should we leave it alone? Cherish it and make sure it lasts? Or continue to wall it up, fence it off and take shiny things from it so...
  • John Muir's botanical pursuits brought to life

    John Muir's botanical pursuits brought to life
    John Muir loved plants. He loved their individual microscopic parts. He loved each one's totality. He understood their essential role in the vast, interconnected web that forms the fabric of our natural universe. Extinguish even the most seemingly minor...
  • Eco books for kids: Saving the planet, one book at a time

    Eco books for kids: Saving the planet, one book at a time
    The environmental movement may not yet have changed the world, but it has certainly changed the world of children's books. Hardly a science or nature book for kids fails to sound a warning about habitats, species and resources in danger. Where 10 years...
  • Kim Stanley Robinson maps the future's gray areas

    Kim Stanley Robinson maps the future's gray areas
    In science fiction, there's dystopia and there's utopia. There are the dark wizards of apocalypse, terrifying us with visions of humanity's grim comeuppance. And the starry-eyed fantasists, insisting how much better the future will be than the messy,...
  • 'The Big Burn' by Timothy Egan

    'The Big Burn' by Timothy Egan
    The Big Burn Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America Timothy Egan Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 324 pp., $27 During 18 years with the New York Times, many as the paper's Pacific Northwest correspondent, Timothy Egan wrote several nonfiction...
  • Kevin Starr: Making history

    I made the acquaintance of Kevin Starr's books long before I made the acquaintance of Kevin Starr. "Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance, 1950-1963," the eighth volume in his serial love letter to California, is arriving in bookstores this...
  • Burbank High principal takes job at Village Christian

    Burbank High School Principal Bruce Osgood will step down at the end of the academic year to assume a similar role at Village Christian Schools in Sun Valley, officials said Thursday. Osgood, 56, will serve as principal for the middle and high schools...