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Maine author Jeffrey Ryan will present highlights from his newly-released hardcover book This Land Was Saved for You and Me at the annual Cottrell Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series on Tuesday evening April 11, 2023.
“This Land” traces the development of America’s public lands by identifying a series of key generational handoffs — from Frederick Law Olmsted to Gifford Pinchot to the generation of foresters that would lead the movement to preserve some lands as forever wild. Ryan’s book features many notable names, but importantly many lesser-known people whose efforts truly broke new ground by recognizing that America’s resources were not inexhaustible and calling for a means of protecting and managing them before it was too late. The author will have copies of his books available for signing.