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Tim Egan Brings Message Of Protecting National Lands To Madison

October 22, 2015

Tonight I heard Tim Egan speak in Madison at the Monona Terrace.  I had read The Big Burn several years ago about the largest forest fire in the nation where 3 million acres were destroyed in less than 48 hours.  The fire created its own massive weather system.    An unforgettable read!

Egan talks like he writes—and I loved it.  Passion over issues and a love of history is always a winning combo for me.

With clarity Egan spoke about the role these lands provide in making us all richer for having the woods to walk through or rivers–such as the Colorado River which allows for a journey of a lifetime through the Grand Canyon–to be used and enjoyed by all.  In some nations one needs at times permission to hike or use the natural resources.

Egan reminded the large crowd that his Mom always told him they may not have much in the bank but they were rich in other ways–and pointed to the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries as proof.

If a reader to this blog wants to be taken back in history with a book, and at the conclusion have a better perspective of where we live and what needs to be our priorities they can do no better than to pick up The Big Burn.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 23, 2015 11:19 AM

    He most certainly wanted to impart the love of the land to younger folks, as his Mom had done for him, and he for his kids. At one time he phrased it as “the geography of hope”. I am glad you were able to hear him and found it as enjoyable as I did.

  2. Jeff Luthanen permalink
    October 23, 2015 9:23 AM

    Very much enjoyed listening to Tim Egan. He spoke of 2 things regarding public land, one was of restoration and I have a brain lock regarding the 2nd point. I think it had to do with usage of the land by younger generation, do you remember how he phrased it?

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