One of the purposes of the Sierra Club is to keep some nostalgia alive that is devoid of futility, to gather together people who know how important it is that there should always be some land wild and free. They are needed to counter the rationalizations of the highway builders, the dam and logging-road builders, who would slice through and dismember the Sierra Wilderness, all for a variety of reasons that may apply some place else but that ought not be applied here. The purpose of this book is to remind everyone we can that neither California nor the rest of America is rich enough to lose any more of the Gentle Wilderness, nor poor enough to need to. . . .

 

David R. Brower


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