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Wilderness and Conservation Books

For your enjoyment and information we have pulled together a reading list that covers a wide range of wilderness- and conservation-related topics. Some of the following, like A Sand County Almanac and Desert Solitaire are true classics, while others may be similarly destined. In any case, these books offer unique viewpoints on the relation of people with nature and the challenges presented by modern culture.

Wild Nevada: Testimonies on Behalf of the Desert, edited by Roberta Moore and Scott Slovic, 2005, University of Nevada Press, 171p. --- (This book was locally produced, and most of the authors are long-standing Nevada conservationists.)


The Arrogance of Humanism, by David W. Ehrenfeld, 1978, Oxford University Press.

Continental Conservation: Scientific Foundations Of Regional Reserve Networks, edited by Michael Soulé and John Terborgh, 1999, Island Press, 238p.

Desert Solitaire, by Edward Abbey, 1988, University of Arizona Press, 255p.

The Enduring Wilderness: Protecting Our Natural Heritage through the Wilderness Act, by Doug Scott, 2004, Fulcrum Publishing, 184p.

The Future of Life, by Edward O. Wilson, 2002, Knopf, 256p.

The Idea Of Wilderness: From Prehistory to the Age of Ecology, by Max Oelschlaeger, 1993, Yale University Press, 489p.

Last Great Wilderness: The Campaign To Establish the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, by Roger Kaye, 2006, University of Alaska Press, 304p.

Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman, by Yvon Chouinard, 2005, Penguin Press, 272p.

Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change, by William R. Catton, Jr., 1982, University of Illinois Press, 320p.

Predatory Bureaucracy: The Extermination of Wolves and the Transformation of the West, by Michael J. Robinson, 2005, University Press of Colorado, 473p.

Preserving Nature in the National Parks: A History, by Richard West Sellars, 1999, Yale University Press, 394p.

Requiem For Nature, by John Terborgh, 1999, Island Press, 246p.

Rewilding North America: A Vision for Conservation in the 21st Century, by Dave Foreman, 2004, Island Press, 219p.

A Sand County Almanac, by Aldo Leopold, 1949, Oxford University Press, 240p.

The Spirit in the Gene: Humanity's Proud Illusion and the Laws of Nature, by Reg Morrison, 1999, Cornell University Press, 286p.

Wilderness And the American Mind, by Roderick Nash, 1973, Yale University Press (Revised edition), 300p.

The Winds Of Change: Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations, by Eugene Linden, 2006, Simon & Schuster, 320p.

The World According to Pimm: A Scientist Audits the Earth, by Stuart Pimm, 2001, McGraw-Hill, 304p.

Wild Nevada: Testimonies on Behalf of the Desert

"Wild Nevada includes statements by some of the leading politicians, literary artists and scholars, and environmental and community activists from within Nevada's borders and from nearby states. Contributors range from ranchers and rangers to academics and government officials. Despite the eclectic backgrounds of the writers, and despite their varied perspectives on public policy, they are united in their devotion to the ecological and aesthetic values of this vast region of mountains and desert."

Excerpt from Introduction by Scott Slovic and Roberta Moore, editors


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