Protecting The West For Beauty's Sake

Aug 21, 2017

Arguments in favor of protecting this stream or that forest tend to come down to ecological significance or some other scientific reason. 

Clouds in the Klamath Basin.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Robert Leonard Reid--mountaineer, musician, mathematician, and writer--likes the concept of protecting things because of their beauty. 

He explores the concept further in the 19 essays of Because It Is So Beautiful: Unraveling the Mystique of the American West.

The author visits Ashland and sits for a chat about the West and its many powerful places.