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The Sespe Wild: Southern California's Last Free River (Basque Series)

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A hundred miles northwest of Los Angeles, Sespe Creek flows through some of the wildest territory in California. A mostly road-less expanse of chaparral and mixed forest, in many places nearly inaccessible even on foot, the Sespe is the untamed heart of Southern California, a wilderness on the edge of one of the world's major metropolitan developments. To nature writer and outdoorsman Bradley John Monsma, the Sespe is both his place of escape and the place" that teaches me to be fully alive." In The Sespe Wild, Monsma shares his exploration of this unique and fantastic region. His attention ranges from the physical Sespe, examined on foot or by kayak, to the subsurface geology that shaped it, the Chumash people who first occupied it, and the impact of Spanish and then American settlers. He also considers the Sespe through the eyes of some of its nonhuman populations--the nearly extinct condors, the vanished grizzlies, the mountain sheep, the steelhead trout, the red-legged frogs. Through the metaphor of the river, he ponders the tensions between preservation and overmanagement of wildlife and wilderness areas, the ecology of fire, the intricate connections between species, and the almost miraculous ways that the Sespe has escaped the fate of other Southern California streams, dammed or carved up into canals by development. "To consider this place," Monsma says, "is to call up issues crucial wherever wilderness and cities meet: recreational impacts on wildlife habitat, the dynamics of accessibility and protection, the physical and psychological need for healthy ecosystems, threats of development and resource extraction." Monsma's engaging text addresses the Sespe's losses and its ongoingpattern of creation and renewal, leading us through rich layers of natural and cultural history in a narrative as colorful and exciting as a day on a Sespe trail. The Sespe, existing at the intersection of ecological processes and human ideals of wilderness, reminds us that nature and culture have always intermingled, and that the past and present, animal and human, "natural" and "unnatural" are ultimately and irrevocably inseparable.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780874175363
Subtitle:
Southern California's Last Free River
Publisher:
University of Nevada Press
Author:
Monsma, Bradley John
Location:
Reno
Subject:
General
Subject:
Rivers
Subject:
History
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Nationalism
Subject:
Basques
Subject:
Paâis Vasco
Subject:
Sespe Creek
Subject:
Sespe Wilderness
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Environmental Arts and Humanities
Series Volume:
no. 27
Publication Date:
August 2004
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
155
Dimensions:
9.60x6.22x.67 in. .90 lbs.

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The Sespe Wild: Southern California's Last Free River (Basque Series)
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Product details 155 pages University of Nevada Press - English 9780874175363 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A hundred miles northwest of Los Angeles, Sespe Creek flows through some of the wildest territory in California. A mostly road-less expanse of chaparral and mixed forest, in many places nearly inaccessible even on foot, the Sespe is the untamed heart of Southern California, a wilderness on the edge of one of the world's major metropolitan developments. To nature writer and outdoorsman Bradley John Monsma, the Sespe is both his place of escape and the place" that teaches me to be fully alive." In The Sespe Wild, Monsma shares his exploration of this unique and fantastic region. His attention ranges from the physical Sespe, examined on foot or by kayak, to the subsurface geology that shaped it, the Chumash people who first occupied it, and the impact of Spanish and then American settlers. He also considers the Sespe through the eyes of some of its nonhuman populations--the nearly extinct condors, the vanished grizzlies, the mountain sheep, the steelhead trout, the red-legged frogs. Through the metaphor of the river, he ponders the tensions between preservation and overmanagement of wildlife and wilderness areas, the ecology of fire, the intricate connections between species, and the almost miraculous ways that the Sespe has escaped the fate of other Southern California streams, dammed or carved up into canals by development. "To consider this place," Monsma says, "is to call up issues crucial wherever wilderness and cities meet: recreational impacts on wildlife habitat, the dynamics of accessibility and protection, the physical and psychological need for healthy ecosystems, threats of development and resource extraction." Monsma's engaging text addresses the Sespe's losses and its ongoingpattern of creation and renewal, leading us through rich layers of natural and cultural history in a narrative as colorful and exciting as a day on a Sespe trail. The Sespe, existing at the intersection of ecological processes and human ideals of wilderness, reminds us that nature and culture have always intermingled, and that the past and present, animal and human, "natural" and "unnatural" are ultimately and irrevocably inseparable.
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