Gary Snyder & Tom Killion: The Art of Friendship

LIKE NATURALIST JOHN MUIR, Pulitzer-prize winning poet Gary Snyder’s words about the Sierra point to its extraordinary beauty, ecological importance and rich cultural history. In The High Sierra of California, Snyder’s prose, Tom Killion’s woodcut artistry, as well as Muir’s writings, capture the multiple facets of the region. The two famous artists—who share an appreciation […]

The Sierra and its surrounding foothills: A model for sustainability

“Of all the mountain ranges I have climbed, I like the Sierra Nevada the best,” John Muir wrote in The Atlantic magazine in 1899. “Its marvelous beauty, displayed in striking and alluring forms, woes the admiring visitor.” Writings by Muir and Mark Twain, and photos by Ansel Adams have introduced multiple generations to Yosemite, Lake […]

Our Parks Turn 150

SO MANY OF US HAVE FOND MEMORIES of visiting Yosemite National Park and the California State Parks. We have long enjoyed camping, hiking and swimming in the state parks, from D.L. Bliss State Park at Tahoe to South Yuba River State Park. At Yosemite, we remember glancing up at Half Dome, hiking in Tuolumne Meadows […]