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Living on COVID time: A viral anniversary

Four years ago this month, in March 2020, the arrival of the COVID-19 era suddenly upended lives and daily routines throughout the United States—and, indeed, throughout the world. Many of us know, or know of, people who lost their lives to the virus or now live with serious consequences of being infected by it. We…Continue readingLiving on COVID time: A viral anniversary

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“Expedition Nine”: A 1969 Benton MacKaye birthday tribute

One hundred forty-five years ago this March 6th, Benton MacKaye was born in Stamford, Connecticut. On that date in 1969, he celebrated his 90th birthday at his long-time hometown of Shirley Center, Massachusetts—actually a village in the town of Shirley, some 35 miles northwest of Boston. A man whose vocation and long career earned him…Continue reading“Expedition Nine”: A 1969 Benton MacKaye birthday tribute

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From Thoreau to Carson: Following the path from conservation to environmentalism, May 1962

On May 11, 1962, now more than sixty-one years ago, a small cadre of influential American conservationists gathered for an outdoor ceremony at Dumbarton Oaks Park in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Henry David Thoreau. The author and naturalist, whose life and writings have provided persistent inspiration for the…Continue readingFrom Thoreau to Carson: Following the path from conservation to environmentalism, May 1962

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Benton MacKaye National Scenic Trail bill refiled in U.S. House

[Updated: 5/29/2023] In a post published exactly a year ago, I reported on the introduction of a bill “in the U.S. House of Representatives to designate the existing 287-mile Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT) as a National Scenic Trail, as defined and provided in the National Trails System Act.” That 2022 bill never received a hearing…Continue readingBenton MacKaye National Scenic Trail bill refiled in U.S. House

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“One big job”: The long reach of Benton MacKaye’s conception of the Appalachian Trail

My book Benton MacKaye: Conservationist, Planner, and Creator of the Appalachian Trail was published exactly twenty years ago this month. MacKaye is best known for his conception of the Appalachian Trail, which he introduced just over a century ago in a 1921 article in the Journal in the American Institute of Architects, “An Appalachian Trail:…Continue reading“One big job”: The long reach of Benton MacKaye’s conception of the Appalachian Trail