Publication date: 2005
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Testimonies on Behalf of the Desert
For many people beyond Nevadas borders, the state is no more than the nations desert dumping ground for dangerous waste. Others know it only for its hedonistic centers of gambling and entertainment. This scandal belies the extraordinary beauty and wonder of the states wilderness areas and the precious natural, aesthetic, and cultural resources to be found there.
In Wild Nevada, editors Roberta Moore and Scott Slovic have assembled twenty-nine writers who know and love the Nevada wilderness to testify on its behalf. Contributors include literary artists and scholars, environmental and community activists, leading politicians, ranchers, scientists, and park rangers. Some essays offer observations on the political and philosophical discussions of wilderness that heat up the halls of academia and Congress; others recount moving personal encounters with wild places within Nevada; and still others comment on the ambiguities of preserving wild places through wilderness designation. But despite the eclectic backgrounds of the writers and their varied perspectives on public policy, they are all united in their devotion to the ecological and aesthetic values of Nevadas threatened wilderness areas. Foreword by Michael Frome.
From the foreword by Michael Frome:
In the process of reviewing the written materials that make up this book, I found myself absorbed in discovering a part of America that I had never known before. I followed the words and the pages leading me through a large, wild, and wonderful outback rising up from broad dunes and desert to peaks above 10,000 feet. I made my reading journey in the company of guides who knew their terrain intimately, care about it, and want us all to understand it better. In prose and poetry, writers assembled by Roberta Moore and Scott Slovic for the Friends of Nevada Wilderness give their eloquent testimonies for a Nevada beyond the cities, casinos, suburban malls and sprawls.