Author(s): James M Morley
THE ANCIENT REDWOOD FOREST NEAR SAN FRANCISCO
By James M. Morley - 72 Pages - Copyright 1991- Publisher Smith-Morley
James Morley is a Bay Area native who has enjoyed observing and photographing Muir Woods for over 20 years. This is an all-color revision of his highly-acclaimed black and white book on the woods. His photographs have appeared on a best-selling poster and on a National Passport stamp of the Park Service. He also has evoked memories of the California gold rush in his book Gold Cities. He seeks to combine his pictures with facts in a way that touches on the wonder of it all.
The felling of most of the ancient redwood forests tells of our old illusion that natural resources are endless, that there is no need for limits, no need to think to tomorrow. George Perkins Marsh addressed the consequences of this attitude in his 1864 landmark book Man and Nature, which for the first time raised the issue of prudent use of resources. His work, at least as much as Muir's helped persuade Theodore Roosevelt's administration (1901-1909) to enact many conservation measures, and probably helped set the climate for T.R.'s acceptance of Muir Woods.