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By Richard Brewer

Land trusts, or conservancies, guard land by means of possessing it. This version of saving land through inner most motion has turn into dominant in simple terms because the Nineteen Eighties and this e-book bargains an entire therapy of the united states land belief move as an important function of present efforts to guard the surroundings.

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The valley itself had been set aside by Federal action in 1864—the Yosemite grant—but given to the state of California, which proved comprehensively incapable of taking care of it. A watchdog organization was needed to reduce or prevent human intrusions in the valley and the new national park. The second source was a group of Berkeley faculty and students interested in forming a mountain club, like AMC and the short-lived Rocky Mountain Club, but for the Pacific coastal mountains. Muir evidently was the go-between that led to a merger of the two separate ideas into the Sierra Club.

The friend was Hank Foster, that is, Charles H. W. Foster, who a few years earlier, had briefly been president of The Nature Conservancy. In the mid-1970s, Browne began a memorandum service to inform land trusts about tax developments. 65 In 1980, when he was in his late fifties, Browne was able to take a sabbatical leave to study land trusts. Although his sabbatical was at the Lincoln Institute for Land Studies and Harvard University, his model was John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley. This 1962 book describes a journey in which Steinbeck toured the United States, driving a small camper named Rocinante and accompanied by his poodle Charley.

Brewer: Conservancy page 31 History 31 Professor Thomas G. Harbison wrote, “[The top of Satulah Mountain] is , ours to keep forever. No money grubbing skinflint . . can ever acquire this top and then put up a toll gate to charge admission to what he the same as stole from God. . ”50 Besides being a good statement of what land trusts do, the words express the very American sense of obligation to protect nature’s wonders and keep them accessible to the public. In 1987, after a complicated history, the group incorporated as the Highlands Land Trust, with fairly standard land preservation aims.

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