Legacy: Portraits of 50 Bay Area Environmental Elders

Legacy: Portraits of 50 Bay Area Environmental Elders


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The San Francisco Bay Area abounds in natural beauty. Despite a burgeoning population of 6.7 million, the region is blessed with incomparable open space: vibrant hills, seashores, forests, wetlands, and the shimmering expanse of San Francisco Bay. This legacy thrives, in most cases, not because benevolent governments have provided for it, but because certain stubborn citizens felt called upon to work for its preservation, often against great odds.
Legacy celebrates fifty of these extraordinary individuals with inspiring profiles by acclaimed Bay Area writer John Hart and superb duotone portraits by local photographer Nancy Kittle. The book offers glimpses into the lives of a generation of environmental leaders—including David Brower, Ike Livermore, Margaret Owings, and Edgar and Peggy Wayburn—who were born before World War II and who had made their commitment to the conservation cause well before the first Earth Day in 1970. From stopping bay fill to blocking the construction of freeways through Golden Gate Park to the creation of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, these elders’ environmental activism has been a model for the world. Legacy reveals why and how each elder became passionate in the cause of conservation and offers lessons for shaping our environmental future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578051519
Publisher: Sierra Club Books
Publication date: 12/28/2005
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 10.04(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

John Hart is a conservationist, poet, backpacker, and climber and the author of numerous books, including Walking Softly in the Wilderness: The Sierra Club Guide to Backpacking and San Francisco Bay: Portrait of a Changing Estuary. He lives in San Rafael, California. Photographer Nancy Kittle studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and has exhibited at the Falkirk Gallery in San Rafael and the Bay Model Visitor Center in Sausalito. She resides in Mill Valley, California.

Table of Contents

Photographer's Preface by Nancy Kittle
Introduction: Defenders of Place

Sue Bierman Ike Livermore Margaret Owings Esther Gulick, Kay Kerr, and Sylvia McLaughlin Joe Bodovitz and Mel Lane Florence and Philip LaRiviere Jean and Will Siri Dwight Steele Bill Davoren Lois Crozier-Hogle Olive Mayer Eleanor Boushey Lennie Roberts Robert Praetzel Douglas Ferguson Martin Rosen Barbara Eastman Amy Meyer Martin Griffin Kay Holbrook Ellen and Bill Straus Phyllis Faber Bill Kortum Ledyard Stebbins Luna Leopold Raymond Dasmann Harold Gilliam Jean Rusmore and Frances Spangle Cecelia Hurwich Peggy Wayburn Wim deWit Elizabeth Terwilliger Maurice and Jan Holloway Allan Brown Richard Goldman Bill and Jean Lane Alfred Heller Huey Johnson Doris Leonard Put Livermore Martin Litton David Brower Edgar Wayburn

Index About the Photographer and the Author

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