Edward Abbey and David Brower were both men who focused on the true beauty of a natural environment that was untouched by man. Edward Abbey wanted to reduce industrial tourism in National Parks and Monuments to preserve their natural beauty. David Brower was a man of voice who spoke up for environments that were going to be destroyed for mans own gain. Both of these men’s views, struggles, and ideas on nature were put into books; Edward’s Desert Solitaire and John McPhee wrote Encounter of an Archdruid based on David’s life.
David Brower was born in Berkeley in 1912, he lived a very isolated childhood and grew up helping take care of his blind mother. He enjoyed the family camping trips and eventually decided that the educational path was not the correct path for him so he dropped out of college and became a mountaineer. He is known for single handedly saved many natural places in the US and has always been concerned for the well being of nature. He became the Executive Director of the Sierra Club in 1952 until 1969 when he was kicked out of his position because he was to radical about saving nature and wasn’t displaying the same viewpoints as the club. He then founded Friends of the Earth in 1969 but was also eventually voted out by the group. He was known as the “Archdruid” and McPhee’s book Encounters of the Archdruid relate to three personal encounters in Throwers life in which he fought for nature.
The first conflict was with Charles Park, an expert mineralist, who wanted to use mineral reserves from Glacier Park Wilderness. Glacier Park was created in 1960 by the USFS and it is located in the North Cascades, it is full of many natural resources. Charles Park believed that one could not avoid change in the world and that eventually nature would succumb to change as well. He also believed that the resources that are available to, should all be utilized, Charles wanted to mine for gold, silver, and copper in order to do so mining camps would have to be created. This would eventually cause a downfall in the ecosystem of the Glacier Park if it were allowed to happen. David believed that the park was a beautiful piece of land and that if Charles started mining there it would destroy its natural beauty. He also thought that the wilderness is the bank for genetic variation in our world. David did not want the park to lose it true essence of nature so that man could gain only limited resources while it lost something much greater in nature.
Next, Charles Fraser was a real estate developer that changed South Carolina’s Head Hilton Island into a revolutionized city. The Sea Pines Company, Charles was apart of wanted to use the same tactics on an island called Cumberland Island, an island of the coast of Georgia, in order to build a similar resort. Charles invited David to the island in order to find a way to best preserve the island while allowing development. David wanted 90% of the island to remain intact and he enjoyed Charles proposal on what...