Big Basin Redwood Forest: California's Oldest State Park, by Dr. Traci Bliss -- author book talk event
Come hear Dr. Bliss talk about her latest book about the history of
California's oldest state park!
Excerpt from the book jacket - "The epic saga of Big Basin began in the late 1800s, when the
surrounding communities saw their once “inexhaustible” redwood forests
vanishing. Expanding railways demanded timber as they crisscrossed the
nation, but the more redwoods that fell to the woodman’s axe, the
greater the effects on the local climate.
California’s groundbreaking environmental movement attracted
individuals from every walk of life. From the adopted son of a robber
baron to a bohemian woman winemaker to a Jesuit priest, resilient
campaigners produced an unparalleled model of citizen action. Join
author Traci Bliss as she reveals the untold story of a herculean effort
to preserve the ancient redwoods for future generations."
Tuesday, September 28th
Felton Branch Library - Community Room
Emerita Professor Traci Bliss began her career in public policy at
the California Energy Commission. She went on to become an award-winning
education professor and state policy advisor to the National Board for
Professional Teaching Standards. She holds BA, MA and PhD degrees from
Stanford University and an MPA degree from the LBJ School, University of
Texas, Austin. With this multidisciplinary lens, she captures the true
story of Big Basin. Bliss’s ancestors, William T. and Jennie Bliss
Jeter, were instrumental in saving Big Basin and in creating Santa Cruz
County Big Trees Park, today’s Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. She is a
member of the Santa Cruz Historic Preservation Commission and a state
She has also written "Evergreen Cemetery of Santa Cruz", "Santa
Cruz's Seabright", and "Redwood Logging and Conservation in the Santa
Cruz Mountains: A Split History, " in collaboration with Randall Brown.
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