Listen to the Land: Conservation Conversations

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-02
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr

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Inspired by years of talking with farmers, foragers, loggers, tribal activists, seed savers, fishers, railroaders, and nature lovers of all stripes, Dennis Boyer has created inListen to the Landa fascinating communal conversation that invites readers to ponder their own roles in grassroots environmentalism. The nearly fifty voices that Boyer recreates here cross genders, generations, and geography. They include an Ojibwe leader contemplating nuclear waste, a houseboat dweller, a woman sharing her skills in gathering edible plants, a caboose-tender, a Milwaukeean fighting urban blight-even a recluse who shoots out streetlights. Each of the extraordinarily varied perspectives that Boyer recreates here considers the question, How do I interact with the Earth? Each has something important to say that expands our understanding of conservation and environmentalism.Listen to the Landencourages you to read a conversation or two and then go outside and start one of your own.

Author Biography

Dennis Boyer is the author of many books, including Prairie Whistles: Tales of Midwest Railroading and coeditor of A Place to Which We Belong: Wisconsin Writers on Wisconsin Landscapes. He lives on a farm near Dodgeville and is a lawyer active in conservation groups.

Table of Contents

Spring in the East
The Power of Stories
Geezer Wisdom
Ice Ages
Caboose with a View
Fisherman's Eyes
Making Do
Popple Cop
The Land Listener
Farm Fights
The Quiet in the Land
The Log House
The Old Ways
Summer in the South
Warrior's Path
A Mound with a View
Making Sparks Fly
Rolling on a River
After the Land-Use Dispute
All Creatures Great and Small
In the Arms of the Mother
Looking Out for the Neighbors
View from the Joint
In for the Long Haul
Laughter in the Land
Autumn in the West
Places of Power
Pull of the Big Lakes
Living in the Trees
City Sticker
Farm Warrior
Reeducation Camp
Stalker Stillness
Take a Hike
In Defense of Neighborhoods
Business on the Land
New Kid in Town
Winter in the North
Environmental Conversation
Creation's Pantry
Making Your Vote Count
Tapped In
On the Pot
Stars in the Eyes
New Ears
Team Green
Joy from the World
Grandpop's Tree House
Hurley Burley
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“If we’re ever going to be nicer to the Earth it would be a good idea to be nicer to each other. . . . The Earth is already whole, work on wholeness for the human critters. Clean up after yourself, look both ways before you cross the street, and don’t take any wooden nickels.”—advice from a post-Nader ecologist, excerpt from Listen to the Land 

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