I read Sutter's book several years ago, and it is very good. It discusses how the American automobile has impacted travel, roads, and other infrastructure on National Parks and Forest Service land, including the Mission 66 project on National Parks (infrastructure boost), and the resultant action for wilderness.
The author is doing a webinar via Zoom on the subject June 10 through the Forest History Society, and it should be quite interesting. (registration link at bottom of post)
Paul Sutter: “Driven Wild”: Foresters, Automobiles, and the Founding of the Wilderness Society
The founding of the Wilderness Society in 1935 marked the beginning of organized wilderness advocacy in the United States, a movement that culminated in the passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and the creation of a national system of wilderness areas. Conventional wisdom had long been that wilderness advocacy was hostile to the utilitarian conservation of federal foresters, who believed that the national forests should be developed for their timber and other resources, and yet four of the eight founders of the Wilderness Society were trained foresters who valued both wilderness protection and sustained yield forestry. How are we to make sense of this apparent paradox? To find out, please join us as Paul Sutter, historian and author of Driven Wild: How the Fight against Automobiles Launched the Modern Wilderness Movement, revisits his classic history of modern wilderness advocacy twenty years after its publication.
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