Char Miller driving a student in the L.A. River. | Photo: Allie Comet
We live in places urban, rural, and wild. We hunker down in the desert, press out to the coast, nestle into tight canyons, build atop ridgelines, and sprawl along valley floors. In the process of making these disparate places our home we complicate the natural systems that drew us to these environments in the first place. Exploring these tensions has long been the subject of Pomona College professor Char Miller's teaching and writing, as reflected in his recent books "Cities and Nature in the American West" and "Public Lands, Public Debates: A Century of Controversy." And in two that will appear in 2013 -- "On The Edge: Water, Immigration, and Politics in the Southwest" (which contains essays first written for Golden Green) and "Death Valley National Park: A History."
Politicians give lip-service to our need better to protect our place in this place; once in power they tend to ignore legislating on those matters that on the campaign trail they had assured the electorate were of heart-felt concern.
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