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Return to Wild America

A Yearlong Search for the Continent's Natural Soul

by Scott Weidensaul

Return to Wild America
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  • First Published:
    Nov 2005, 416 pages
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    Nov 2006, 416 pages

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About the author: Born in 1959, Scott Weidensaul has lived almost all of his life among the long ridges and endless valleys of eastern Pennsylvania, in the heart of the central Appalachians, a landscape that has defined much of his work.

He has written more than two dozen books on natural history, including Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds (1999), which was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. He lives in the Pennsylvania Appalachians.

Some key events in the USA environmental movement:

  • 1864: Legislation passed making Yosemite Valley into a state park.
  • 1866: The word 'ecology' is coined by a German biologist, Ernst Haeckel.
  • 1877: Appalachian Mountain Club founded.
  • 1872: Yellowstone becomes the first national park.
  • 1886: Audubon Society founded.
  • 1892: Sierra Club is incorporated.
  • 1916: National Park Service founded.
  • 1935: Wilderness Society founded.
  • 1962: Rachel Carson publishes Silent ...

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