Loren M. Wood Presents New Biography of Harlan P. Kelsey
In his new book "Beautiful Land of the Sky: John Muir's Forgotten Eastern Counterpart, Harlan P. Kelsey" (published by iUniverse) author Loren M. Wood offers a biography of preservationist Harlan P. Kelsey.
"Beautiful Land of the Sky" is the inspiring and entertaining story of how horticultural preeminence established Kelsey as America's natural leader in selecting its most-visited national parks. It compares Kelsey's role in the east with John Muir, the icon of wilderness preservation in the West.
An excerpt from "Beautiful Land of the Sky":
"Consider Secretary of the Interior Wilbur's words to Kelsey in January of 1932: 'Director Albright of the National Park Service has told me of your work ... over a period of years in connection with the establishment of the eastern national parks ... carrying with it the realization of the importance of saving, while they still could be saved, such great primitive areas as the Everglades, the Great Smokies, Isle Royale, and the like. ... None of these projects, I am confident, would have come to their present satisfying status had you not stepped in at critical moments and cheerfully given of the best that was in you.'"
"Among the great explorers and crusaders for preservation," Wood says, "Kelsey stands out as the preservation hero of the East."
"Beautiful Land of the Sky"
By Loren M. Wood
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 614 pages | ISBN 9781475994469
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 614 pages | ISBN 9781475994452
E-Book | 614 pages | ISBN 9781475994476
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Loren M. Wood is the overseer of the Harlan P. Kelsey Arboretum and holds a Harvard MBA. He is a civic leader in the preservation of historic houses and scenic roads and a member of the American Alpine Club and the Harvard Travellers Club. Now retired from a career in finance, Wood lives with his wife, Sally, in Boxford, Mass.
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