That Wild Country: An Epic Journey through the Past, Present, and Future of America's Public Lands
From prominent outdoorsman and nature writer Mark Kenyon comes an engrossing reflection on the past and future battles over our most revered landscapes—America’s public lands.
Every American is a public-land owner, inheritor to the largest public-land trust in the world. These vast expanses provide a home to wildlife populations, a vital source of clean air and water, and...more
How wrong I was.
It is the natural wonders of the world that are there for us to enjoy, and Mark Kenyon’s book offers a mixture of details that is sure interest everyone. If history is your passion, Mr. Kenyon takes us ...more
As a seventy year old female nature lover and birder, I was unsure if I would relate to this young hunter and fisherman's story. But one chapter into it I was hooked!
He vividly describes his journeys into some well known as well as lesser known sites. Then he weaves in the history of how those places became publicly owned and preserved. He brings together the political battles and challenges in a meaningful way.
Every person who ...more
Kenyon, a hunter and outdoor enthusiast from Michigan, argues in support of federally-owned ("public") lands. Unfortunately, he seems to lump anyone who doesn't espouse his view in with Cliven Bundy and his radical followers, without delving into what most Westerners actually think. Growing up in Utah, I heard the arguments from both sides. Most do not disagree with protecting land but ...more
I suspect that when Mark Kenyon began writing his ode to the great outdoors, “That Wild Country,” he expected to arouse controversy. He did. Those who abhor hunting and fishing or the effort required to enjoy rugged outdoors activity, and dedicated, sometimes pompous, vegans, pooled their self-serving mini-minds to excoriate him for being a meat eater and a hunter. They claim he “hypocritically” writes praise for both the beautiful country and the animals he loves. Can there not be a passion ...more
I love the outdoors; but wouldn’t have called myself a conservationist before, but I am now. The author has grabbed and pulled me into his cause. The history of the fight is interesting, and the on-going battle is so important. I am in!
In the "Friendly Persuasion," there's a touching scene where the ageing Quaker farmer looks around at his Indiana farm, his children and grandchildren, and asks his wife in bewilderment, "How did it all happen, Eliza? How did we all get here?" It's a question every thoughtful person asks sooner or later.
For this author - a Michigan native, a Google-employee-turned-outdoor-writer, and an active hiker, fisherman, and ...more
“ I had taken something from the land, as we all do when venturing out into our nation’s shared landscape. Whether harvesting an animal or stringing a rope along a rock face, catching a fish or slashing a muddy bike track down a slope, we all ...more
The ability to describe and connect me to these wild and wonderful places makes me want to pack up and go. It reminded me of my own adventures, the calm and contentment the self efficiency the wonder and awe inspired by the wild beauty the feeling of responsibility to "leave only footprints behind" the feeling of accomplishment arriving exhausted and sore to my next destination . The lessons learned on the trail have helped me in so many aspects of my life. Even more importantly however ...more
MK. has Penned a modern expose about the public lands owned by the taxpayer. These lands are our national parks, land reserves, important rivers !and other famous land sites. He covers the history, or if you prefer, the development and ownership of these lands owned by American citizens. If you are a hunter or fisherman this book will explain how things were formed for your use today. If you are a novice this book will ...more
A moving and important read which captures the essence of the public land story, which is an significant issue for future generations. This first novel is remarkable in many ways, descriptive, informative, passionate, and experiential. Anyone who loves the wilderness should own this with the caveat of, must share with others. It very well may fire up the passion for others to explore the treasures of our public lands.
Beware, you may not be ...more
As someone who grew up with 40 acres of woods in our family's back yard, I have always found my spirit, and soothed my soul in nature's haven.
I knew a good bit about the birth and growth of our National Parks, and Public Lands, but I learned a lot from Mr Kenyon's excellent book.
I highly recommend the book for any outdoors person, and especially younger people who want to widen their knowledge and appreciation of Our precious Gift from our ancestors, and from the Creator.
I have been a casual outdoor individual for most of my 77 year life first as a cub then boy and then explorer scout. I have pursued a camping vacation lifestyle with my wife and give children and greatly enjoyed our many National parks. I have taken them for granted. Mark's book tells me I must become more proactive and I will do so by engaging more with my elected officials.
I read this for kicks. I had no idea that it would fire me up to protect our public lands. Kenyon does a good job explaining the history and spirit of public lands while exposing the hypocrisy, greed, and shortsightedness of those threatening them. Read at your own risk!
I am so very glad to have crossed paths with you and your book. You have turned a spark in me into a bonfire! I now have a mission!!! My wife and I started on a journey last year to visit all the National Parks. Been to Alaska. U.S. Virgin Islands. Going West next summer. R.V. Trip!!!! Thank You! Good luck Mark.
As a lover of National Parks and mountainous, empty spaces, I learned the history of great men, from the Roosevelt's to Barak Obama to Yvon Chouinard and Jimmy Carter, from John Muir to Morris Udall who have worked to preserve public lands for us all. We must continue the fight, lest these precious places are taken away.