While at Playa I worked on High Road, the working title for my new nonfiction manuscript. For a preview of some of the themes this book will embrace, come to the Oregon Natural Desert Association conference on September 19 and 20 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. I am honored to be included on a slate with Dr. Robert Nash, Professor John Leshy, and author and poet Jarold Ramsey. My keynote on Saturday morning, September 20, will give you a glimpse into this new project which I am very excited about. Visit www.onda.org.
"Now we're left to manage, protect, preserve what's left. Mediated wilderness. The zoo-ing of the wild. The safari-ing of the pristine. Enough access in a variety of forms to keep us inmates on this crowded planet from starving or rioting, enough opportunity to sip the nectar that contact with wild places provides our psyches, but not so much that what is left of the primeval is utterly devastated." -- from High Road (working title) by Ellen Waterston