Scott Weidensaul


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Born in 1959, Scott Weidensaul (pronounced "Why-densaul") 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.

His writing career began in 1978 with a weekly natural history column in the local newspaper, the Pottsville Republican in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, where he grew up. The column soon led a fulltime reporting job, which he held until 1988, when he left to become a freelance writer specializing in nature and wildlife. (He continued to write about nature for newspapers, however, including long-running columns for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Harrisburg Patriot-News.)

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Living on the Wind: Across ...

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The First Frontier: The For...

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The Ghost with Trembling Wi...

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Of a Feather: A Brief Histo...

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Return to Wild America: A Y...

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Mountains of the Heart: A N...

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Peterson Reference Guide to...

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The Raptor Almanac: A Compr...

4.13 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 2000 — 2 editions
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Seasonal Guide to the Natur...

4.10 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 1992
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“Wherever you set foot—on a street in Manhattan as you dodge traffic; on the soft, freshly turned earth of a Hudson Valley farm; on the kelpy tide line below a Maine cottage; or in the pine woods and palmetto thickets of the Carolina Low Country—do not forget that this was once frontier.”
Scott Weidensaul, The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery, and Endurance in Early America

“It’s happening everywhere; commercial and housing development, along with the road network needed to support it, is the single greatest pressure on natural landscapes in the United States, and by its very pervasiveness the hardest to control. Between 1982 and 1997, developed land in the forty-eight contiguous states increased by 25 million acres—meaning a quarter of all the open land lost since European settlement disappeared in just those fifteen years. This isn’t a trend, it’s a juggernaut, and the worst may be yet to come. At this pace, by 2025 there will be 68 million more rural acres in development, an area about the size of Wyoming, and the total developed land in the United States will stand at a Texas-sized 174 million acres. Already, just the impervious covering we put on the land, the things like roads, sidewalks, and buildings we pave with asphalt or concrete, adds up to an area the size of Ohio.3”
Scott Weidensaul, Return to Wild America: A Yearlong Search for the Continent's Natural Soul

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