Wild Nevada: Testimonies On Behalf Of The Desert

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Wild Nevada assembles twenty-nine writers who know and love the Nevada wilderness to testify on its behalf. Contributors include literary artists, scholars, environmental and community activists, politicians, ranchers, scientists, and park rangers, who despite their eclectic backgrounds and their varied perspectives on public policy are united in their devotion to the ecological and aesthetic values of Nevada's threatened wilderness areas and in their belief in the critical role that wild places play in enhancing our human lives and spirit. Their comments offer inspiring , thought-provoking insight into the vital importance of Nevada's back-country.

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"This diverse, and sometimes contradictory, assemblage of perspectives on wilderness in the contemporary American West is appropriate for a state like Nevada that prides itself as a haven for free-thinking and individuality, for urban revelry and utter wilderness solitude. The contributions to this collection were solicited as personal statements—precise viewpoints and topics were not dictated to authors. These lively statements offer readers a glimpse of how contemporary citizens of the American West feel about the idea of wilderness in one of the wildest regions of the lower forty-eight states. Wild Nevada is a significant contribution to public debates and discussions of such current issues of urban sprawl, biodiversity, the ecological impact of mining, the siting of a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, multiple uses of natural resources, the ecological viability of ranching, and indigenous perspectives on wilderness. It is also a demonstration of how literary expression can contribute to public policy formation." Scott Slovic

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Roberta Moore is an interpretive park ranger at Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada. She sits on the Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition Board of Trustees, which is working to restore damaged areas of the eastern Nevada landscape to their natural state.

Scott Slovic is professor of literature and environment at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has published widely on nature writing and ecocriticism and served as founding president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment.

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