April 18, 2014: Earth Day is nearly here. And in honor of the day that celebrates our home planet, I thought I'd list some of my favorite conservation and environmental books. Here's my list:
1. Encounters with an Archdruid
This is the story of David Brower and the book that set me on my career toward conservation.
2. Crossing the Next Meridian
A great primer on the major federal agencies responsible for managing our public lands, as well as, some of the issues and challenges facing the public servants who steward our natural wonders.
3. Mountains without Handrails
Essay on the importance of having places that remain wild and "risky."
4. The Lorax
Story that lays out the importance of conservation, recycling, and thinking of the next generation.
5. Guns, Germs, and Steel
Essay on the sometimes little things like geography that can make a society thrive or wither.
6. Theodore Rex
Biography of Teddy Roosevelt which lays out some of the political forces that shaped his conservation legacy.
7. The Magic of Reality
Book by Richard Dawkins on the "magic" that can be found by using the scientific principle when searching for truth.
8. A Sand County Almanac
Classic Aldo Leopold book on the development of a relationship with the land which could be the most important relationship for our long term survival.
9. The Cat in the Hat comes Back
Not normally thought of as a conservation book, but a telling story about the importance of not polluting and the difficulty in cleaning environmental spills.
10. Unleashing Colter's Hell
Thriller about the potential catastrophic impact of a Yellowstone eruption.
What's on your list of great Earth Day reads?