Calaveras Big Trees

Author: Carol A. Kramer
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738581187
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Augustus T. Dowd could scarcely believe his eyes when he stumbled upon one of nature's majestic wonders in 1852. Hunting down a wounded bear in the hills above the mining camp of Murphys, Dowd instead found a tree of mammoth proportions. After initial skepticism about the size of these trees, news of Dowd's discovery quickly spread. Local businessmen soon acquired the grove of 100 mammoth trees, or giant sequoia, and built accommodations for travelers. Thus began one of California's earliest tourist attractions in 1853. Dedicated as a California State Park in 1931, Calaveras Big Trees State Park hosts 250,000 annual visitors who come from around the world to marvel at these wondrous giants in their magnificent natural surroundings.

California State Park Rangers

Author: Michael G. Lynch
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738559933
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The first park ranger in the world was appointed in California in 1866. Galen Clark was chosen as "Guardian of Yosemite," at what was then Yosemite State Park, and the concept of rangers to protect and administer America's great nature parks was born. The tradition continued in 1872 with the establishment of the first national park at Yellowstone. From the earliest days, park rangers have been romanticized; they are explorers, outdoorsmen, tree lovers, animal protectors, police officers, nature guides, and park administrators. The park ranger has become an American icon, whose revered image has maintained itself to this very day.

Mather Field

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Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738588773
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Born from America's need to train aviators for the Great War, Mather Field has sat sentinel to the east of Sacramento for nearly a century. Overnight, the base transformed a lonely domain of cattle and vineyards into an aerie where fledgling "man-birds" were taught to fly and kill. Although readapted during the interwar period to concerns of fire control and mail delivery, Mather still inspired, as evidenced by the 1930 Air Corps maneuvers. World War II renewed Mather, as training bomber crews and repatriating veterans of the Pacific war were primary responsibilities for what was becoming a self-sustaining city of churches, schools, and burgeoning neighborhoods.

Out of Thin Air

Author: Nancy Eileen Muleady-Mecham
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ISBN: 9780979505539
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An explanation of how trees, in particular,the giant sequoia, grow using the elements. It's told in a fun way with colorful cartoon illustrations but with a wealth of scientific information aimed at elementary and middle schoolers.

Old Sacramento and Downtown

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Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738531236
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The discovery of gold launched a rush of humanity to California's Sierra foothills and many of those miners and minerals flowed into a settlement that grew where the American and Sacramento Rivers meet. Today downtown and Old Sacramento, a 28-acre state historic district, are thriving, graced by such treasures as the restored State Capitol Building, the art deco Tower Bridge, and scores of historic structures and attractions like the Leland Stanford Mansion and the California State Railroad Museum.

Burning Questions

Author: David Carle
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275973711
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Fire suppression caused a surfeit of natural fuels in our forests, cumulating in the increasingly severe, uncontrollable fires of recent years: the fires in Yellowstone, the Oakland Hills fires, Los Alamos, and the summers of 2000 and 2001. Carle explores 100 years of controversy over prescribed burning--using fire as a tool--and fire suppression, using the voices of early advocates and today's proponents to examine the strategy of controlled burning.

Glorious Trees

Author: Salvatore John Manna
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781545034842
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In 1887, one of the most famous men of science in the world visited California. Englishman Alfred Russel Wallace had conceptualized around the same time as Darwin the "survival of the fittest" cornerstone of natural selection, the lynchpin for the theory of evolution. "Glorious Trees: Alfred Russel Wallace in California" chronicles for the first time his nearly two-month sojourn, from his visits to the natural wonders of Yosemite and the Calaveras Big Trees to his meetings with the state's most eminent scientists and pivotal figures such as conservationist John Muir and politician and businessman Leland Stanford; from a highly publicized s�ance and his determined support of Spiritualism to his lectures on Darwinism. What Wallace did and said in California, where he was and who he met, connected him to a bewildering and sometimes bemusing range of people and subjects, from environmentalism to the beginnings of Stanford University; from the Calaveras Skull and one of the greatest hoaxes in natural history to Spiritualism and its colorful frauds; from the mechanized revolution in agriculture to, unbeknownst to him, perhaps the most famous poem in American history, "Casey at the Bat." Significantly, his 1886-1887 American journey was the first and only speaking tour of his lifetime and his lecture on Spiritualism in San Francisco his first public speech anywhere on that subject. Nowhere in America did Wallace immerse himself in nature as completely and nowhere were there cathedrals of nature he wanted most to worship at than those in California. Nowhere in America was his personal connection stronger than in California as well and the story of his '49er brother John is integral to understanding Wallace's time in California. As attested by the journal he kept along the way and the letters he wrote during his travels, which form the basis of "Glorious Trees," nowhere in America was Wallace more himself than when he was in California. The branches of "Glorious Trees: Alfred Russel Wallace in California" extend as far and as wide as those of the Sequoias Wallace so admired. "Glorious Trees" contributes an until-now unexamined portion of his life to the biography of one of the most fascinating men in the history of science.

The California Naturalist Handbook

Author: Greg de Nevers
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520274806
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The California Naturalist Handbook provides a fun, science-based introduction to California’s natural history with an emphasis on observation, discovery, communication, stewardship and conservation. It is a hands-on guide to learning about the natural environment of California. Subjects covered include California natural history and geology, native plants and animals, California’s freshwater resources and ecosystems, forest and rangeland resources, conservation biology, and the effects of global warming on California’s natural communities. The Handbook also discusses how to create and use a field notebook, natural resource interpretation, citizen science, and collaborative conservation and serves as the primary text for the California Naturalist Program.

Trees in Paradise A California History

Author: Jared Farmer
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393078027
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Traces the history of such iconic Californian vegetation as orange trees, giant redwoods, and palm trees, including the impact the vegetation had on the people living and working in the state.