Hetch Hetchy: Can the splendid wild return?

Monday Dec 09 2013   7:00 PM
Edith Stone Room, Albany Community Center  1249 Marin Ave., Albany, CA  map

On Dec. 9, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that allowed the City of San Francisco to clear cut, dam, and drown Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park. Exactly 100 years later, join noted conservationists Ken Brower (author of Hetch Hetchy:  Undoing a Great American Mistake) and publisher Malcolm Margolin for a conversation on the battle that broke John Muir’s heart, the engineering marvel of the dam, and how the wild valley could flourish again. This event is presented by Friends of Five Creeks and is part of the Bay Currents Series.

Free and open to the public; for more information visit fivecreeks.org.

Kenneth David BrowerKenneth David Brower is the oldest son of the pioneering environmentalist David Brower. His first memories are of the Sierra Nevada and the wild country of the American West. His father drafted him into service as an editor at nineteen, and under that leadership he wrote or edited fourteen volumes in the Exhibit-Format Series of photography books produced by the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth. In his mid-twenties he departed his father’s shop to become a freelance writer, and his work has appeared in The Atlantic, Audubon, National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, The Paris Review, Reader’s Digest, Smithsonian, Sierra, Islands, and numerous other magazines. He is the author of the books The Starship and the Canoe, Wake of the Whale, A Song for Satawal, Realms of the Sea, The Winemaker’s Marsh, Freeing Keiko, and many more. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Malcolm MargolinMalcolm Margolin is the publisher emeritus of Heyday, an independent nonprofit publisher and unique cultural institution, which he founded in 1974. Margolin is author of several books, including The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco–Monterey Bay Area, named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the hundred most important books of the twentieth century by a western writer. He has received dozens of prestigious awards among which are the Chairman's Commendation from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fred Cody Award Lifetime Achievement from the San Francisco Bay Area Book Reviewers Association, the Helen Crocker Russell Award for Community Leadership from the San Francisco Foundation, the Carey McWilliams Award for Lifetime Achievement from the California Studies Association, an Oscar Lewis Award for Western History from the Book Club of California, a Hubert Bancroft Award from Friends of the Bancroft Library, a Cultural Freedom Award from the Lannan Foundation, and a Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. He helped found the Bay Nature Institute and the Alliance for California Traditional Artists.