People from Around the USA
Inspired by John Muir
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- John Phillips of Stockton, California, is a university
professor who volunteers every year as a host at the LeConte
Memorial Lodge in Yosemite Valley. He serves on the Sierra Club's
Leconte Memorial Committee. Phillips is a steady, loyal member of Restore
Hetch Hetchy. Phillips
says that what he most appreciates about about Muir is that "Muir
was so very energetic in his exploration of the mountains, and the
whole world. He sought to enjoy nature, to understand it and to share
his love and knowledge with whoever was willing to listen--and some
who were NOT willing to listen!"
of Bishop California, is an Outfitter and Guide in the High
"I learned all about John Muir as a child growing up at Whitney
Portal. I patterned my life after him and am a naturalist after
him today. John Muir is a great person and made the kind
of sacrifice for his love of the Sierra Nevada that inspires all
of us today."
- Gregory J. Reis of Lee Vining, California is
a mountaineer, naturalist, and information
and Web and computer specialist. Reis has read most of Muir's
books and journals and frequented many places Muir had traveled.
He has duplicated Muir's first ascent of the Mountaineer's Route on
Mt. Whitney, starting and finishing in the town of Independence. He
aspires to duplicate some of Muir's other adventures, such as floating
down the Sacramento River from Chico to Sacramento and climbing the
Sutter Buttes on the way.
Reis works full
time for the Mono
Lake Committee. He maintains a Website
dedicated to the Sustainable
Use and Restoration of California's Natural Environments: http://www.ecomafia.com.
Reis hosts a web page of some of his
favorite John Muir quotes.
Farley of Nalcrest, Florida, says that Muir is important
to him because of the Sierra Club, which he says "made me an
environmentalist, informed me,educated me and inspired me....[offering]
a chance to be part of a great group of thinking adults who
want to leave the planet in, as close at they can, same or better
shape they found it."
Wasserman of Anchor Point, Alaska, is an Interpretive
Ranger for Lake Clark, Kenai Fjords and Katmai National Parks. In
preparing her public programs on glaciers, volcanoes, and bears,
she frequently uses quotes from John Muir in her programs. Her
favorite is "the
world, though made, is yet being made." Wasserman
"I am constantly amazed at Muir's ability to describe Nature
with such accuracy and grace. It can only have come from his intimate
relationship with it."
- David Acuff of San Diego, CA is a
Professor of Environmental Studies. John Muir's biggest influence
on Acuff was "The exuberance with which John Muir embraced
all aspects of the wild." Acuff was a Sierra Club volunteer
in the 1960's with Claire Dedrick in the San Francisco Bay area,
working to establish the California Coastal Commission and the Bay
Conservation Development Commission, and he designed and lobbied
for the successful passage of SB 545 that provided state funding
to purchase land for hiking trails linking San Francisco and Santa
Cruz Counties through San Mateo County.
- Mark Miller, of Monona, Wisconsin, is a state
legislator appointed for the term commencing in 2007 as chair of
the Wisconsin State Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee.
In commenting on the challenges his committee will be facing, Miller
heirs to the legacy of Wisconsin environmental leaders John Muir,
Aldo Leopold, Warren Knowles, and Gaylord Nelson, we accept responsibility
as environmental stewards to pass on a clean and healthy environment
for current and future generations to enjoy."
- Steven Koehler, of Ogden, Utah, is a volunteer for Sierra Club
who attributes the biggest influence of John Muir on him a strong
desire to stop global warming and get Congress to pass legislation
on alternative fuels. Steven says what he most appreciates about
Muir is "his love of nature and God's
hand in it."
- Andy Bratz from Wisconsin learned about John
Muir from a park close to where he lives named after him. Inspired
by Muir, Andy is a conservationist and naturalist. What he most
appreciates about about Muir: "Conserving the earth and its
bounty, protecting flora from overpopulating fauna."
- Mark Weber from California once lived in Pleasant
Hill, California, when he first visited John Muir's home and grave
site in 1975. He finally visited the beautiful Yosemite National
Park for the first time in 1995, and he is grateful that John Muir
fought for and saved Yosemite.
- Louis Chris Cashiola of Great Barrington, Massachusetts,
has been greatly influenced by Muir's love and respect for the natural
world. Muir's understanding of our relationship and direct connection
to Nature has been the biggest influence of Muir on Mr. Cashiola.
Cashiola, a retired attorney from the Army Judge Advocate Corps,
says, "I am planning a walk to Crazy Horse Monument in South Dakota.
I am calling it the "Spirit
of North America Walk." I
hope to bring attention to our need to return to a more harmonious
relationship with Nature. John Muir has been one of the inspirations
for this walk."
- Bob Hare of Elk Grove, California, is an artist,
photographer and writer focusing on Yosemite, Redwoods, and the
Sierra Nevada. At the age of fifteen Bob purchased the newly-minted 1964
U.S. postage stamp commemorating John Muir and immediately
recognized a kindred soul and mentor in the picture of Muir holding
a hiking staff while standing in a sunlit redwood forest. Over 40
years later, Bob is still exploring and gleaning lessons and inspiration
from Muir's writings and life. Muir taught Bob to express deeply
in writing and in art how he feel about wilderness. Bob
worked as an interpreter for the National Park Service and California
State Parks and led many adult and childrens' groups on Sierra Club
outings. Bob planned and co-created many educational exhibits in
California's State Parks and exhibited his art in numerous exhibits
and galleries. Bob hopes he has passed on his love for the natural
world to the adults and children who were on his outdoor trips and
tours. Bob most appreciates Muir's
"wonderful integration of his spiritual unity with nature and his
mystical vision with his practical educational, organizational and
political championing of nature."
- Scott Michael Graves of New Haven, CT is a Science and Environmental
Geologist, Oceanographer, Naturalist, and university
His godmother was noted Yosemite author and Muir historian Shirley
Sargent.As a child Graves visited her small log
cabin home numerous summers, where "she would lead us (in her
old fashion wheelchair) to special Yosemite haunts - Little Nelly
Falls and other secret places... She knew
all of Yosemite's rangers and was an authority on the park's
history. She often spoke of John Muir and instilled in me a certain
sense of awe and reverence for nature, especially an appreciation
for the grandeur of the wild Sierra."
Graves is inspired to live his life with the values of
John Muir, who "blended an
aesthetic, scientific, poetic appreciation with a deep rooted
humility, and desire to preserve nature as "divine" creation."
What Graves most appreciates about about Muir is "his
own words - 'a
poetico-trampo-geologist-botanist and ornithologist-naturalist,
etc, etc!' He led by example and led many of us back into the
mountains to learn again in nature's workshops."
- Christopher Chavez of Whittier, California is a substitute teacher, musician, and singer/songwriter.
Christopher says that since he learned abou John Muir, "my life
has never been the same." Muir has influenced Christopher "To conserve
nature; To live in the wild; and to know that it's damn ok to have
a beard." He most appreciates Muir's views and
thoughts on such things as religion and nature. You can learn more
about Christopher's music and interests on his MySpace page.
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