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A pioneer in international conservation and wildlife ecology, Raymond Dasmann published his first book, the influential text Environmental Conservation, when the term "environment" was little known and "conservation" to most people simply meant keeping or storing. This delightful memoir tells the story of an unpretentious man who helped create and shape today's environmental movement. Ranging from Dasmann's travels to ecological hotspots around the world to his development of concepts such as bioregionalism and ecotourism, this autobiography is a story of international conservation action and intrigue, a moving love story, and a gripping chronicle of an exceptional life.

Dasmann takes us from his boyhood days in San Francisco in the early 1920s to his action-packed military service in Australia during World War II, where he met his future wife, Elizabeth. After returning to the United States, Dasmann received his doctorate as a conservation biologist when the field was just being developed. Dasmann left the safety of academia to work with conservation organizations around the world, including the United Nations, and has done fieldwork in Africa, Sri Lanka, the Caribbean, and California.

This book is both a memoir and an account of how Dasmann's thinking developed around issues that are vitally important today. In engaging conversational language, he shares his thoughts on issues he has grappled with throughout his life, such as population growth and the question of how sustainability can be measured, understood, and regained. Called by the Wild tells the story of an inspirational risk taker who reminds us that "the earth is the only known nature reserve in the entire universe" and that we must learn to treat it as such.

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An autobiography of one of the founders of the conservation movement. Warm, personal, and gently humorous, Dasmann's memoir is also the moving and powerful love story of his 53 year marriage.

Synopsis:

"This graceful and readable book is the first-hand account of one who contributed in important ways to the ecological revolution that followed World War II, an encourager whose respect for nature and humanity shines through every page. Inspired by others, he in turn gave inspiration to a generation that may have helped us to turn back towards collective sanity in our relationship with the Earth."—Peter H. Raven, President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

"How the environmental movement came to be and the role he played in its emergence is the core of Ray Dasmann's story. Environmentalism did not just happen: people forged it from their passionate grief at the threat to our living world. Understanding that passion and that grief is the gift this volume has to offer."—Carl Pope, President of the Sierra Club

About the Author

Raymond F. Dasmann is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Among his many books and publications are Environmental Conservation (fifth edition 1984), Wildlife Biology (second edition 1981), California's Changing Environment (1981), and The Destruction of California (1965).

Table of Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Beginnings: The Lure of the Wild Country

2. School, the Woods, and War

3. Red Arrows Never Glance

4. Live Coward or Dead Hero?

5. Elizabeth's Story

6. Reunion

7. Transition

8. Deer

9. Arcata

10. Conservation by Slaughter

11. Return to the United States

12. Influences and Efforts

13. Too Many, Too Much

14. Uniting Nations

15. Return to Africa

16. Ecosystem and Biosphere People

17. The Edges of the Sea

18. The Incident in Kinshasha

19. Return to the South Pacific

20. Back to the Land

21. Damming Paradise

22. Other Ways of Life

23. Biosphere Reserves

24. Finale

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520229785
Foreword:
Ehrlich, Paul R.
Author:
Ehrlich, Paul R.
Author:
Dasmann, Raymond Fredric
Author:
Dasmann, Raymond F.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Conservationists
Subject:
Development - Sustainable Development
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Conservationists -- United States.
Subject:
Dasmann, Raymond Fredric
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no. WQ-95-74.
Publication Date:
20020431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
19 b/w photographs
Pages:
269
Dimensions:
8.52x5.84x.99 in. 1.14 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , An autobiography of one of the founders of the conservation movement. Warm, personal, and gently humorous, Dasmann's memoir is also the moving and powerful love story of his 53 year marriage.
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"This graceful and readable book is the first-hand account of one who contributed in important ways to the ecological revolution that followed World War II, an encourager whose respect for nature and humanity shines through every page. Inspired by others, he in turn gave inspiration to a generation that may have helped us to turn back towards collective sanity in our relationship with the Earth."—Peter H. Raven, President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

"How the environmental movement came to be and the role he played in its emergence is the core of Ray Dasmann's story. Environmentalism did not just happen: people forged it from their passionate grief at the threat to our living world. Understanding that passion and that grief is the gift this volume has to offer."—Carl Pope, President of the Sierra Club

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