Listen to the Land: Conservation Conversations

Paperback | March 2, 2009

byDennis Boyer

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Inspired by years of talking with farmers, foragers, loggers, tribal activists, seed savers, fishers, railroaders, and nature lovers of all stripes, Dennis Boyer has created in Listen to the Land a fascinating communal conversation that invites readers to ponder their own roles in grassroots environmentalism. The nearly fifty voices that Boyer recreates here cross genders, generations, and geography. They include an Ojibwe leader contemplating nuclear waste, a houseboat dweller, a woman sharing her skills in gathering edible plants, a caboose-tender, a Milwaukeean fighting urban blight—even a recluse who shoots out streetlights.
    Each of the extraordinarily varied perspectives that Boyer recreates here considers the question, How do I interact with the Earth? Each has something important to say that expands our understanding of conservation and environmentalism. Listen to the Land encourages you to read a conversation or two and then go outside and start one of your own.
 

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Inspired by years of talking with farmers, foragers, loggers, tribal activists, seed savers, fishers, railroaders, and nature lovers of all stripes, Dennis Boyer has created in Listen to the Land a fascinating communal conversation that invites readers to ponder their own roles in grassroots environmentalism. The nearly fifty voices th...

Dennis Boyer is author of many books, including Prairie Whistles: Tales of Midwest Railroading, and coeditor of A Place to Which We Belong: Wisconsin Writers on Wisconsin Landscapes. He lives on a farm near Dodgeville and is a lawyer active in conservation groups.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:March 2, 2009Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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“If we’re ever going to be nicer to the Earth it would be a good idea to be nicer to each other. . . . The Earth is already whole, work on wholeness for the human critters. Clean up after yourself, look both ways before you cross the street, and don’t take any wooden nickels.”—advice from a post-Nader ecologist, excerpt from Listen to the Land 

Table of Contents

Beforeword   

Part 1. Spring in the East
1. The Power of Stories   
2. Geezer Wisdom   
3. Ice Ages   
4. Caboose with a View   
5. Fisherman's Eyes   
6. Making Do   
7. Popple Cop   
8. The Land Listener   
9. Farm Fights   
10. The Quiet in the Land   
11. The Log House   
12. The Old Ways   

Part 2. Summer in the South
13. Warrior's Path   
14. A Mound with a View   
15. Making Sparks Fly   
16. Rolling on a River   
17. After the Land-Use Dispute   
18. All Creatures Great and Small   
19. In the Arms of the Mother   
20. Looking Out for the Neighbors   
21. Seedkeeper   
22. View from the Joint   
23. In for the Long Haul   
24. Laughter in the Land   

Part 3. Autumn in the West
25. Eco-Wizardry   
26. Places of Power   
27. Pull of the Big Lakes   
28. Living in the Trees   
29. City Sticker   
30. Farm Warrior   
31. Reeducation Camp   
32. Stalker Stillness   
33. Take a Hike   
34. In Defense of Neighborhoods   
35. Business on the Land   
36. New Kid in Town       

Part 4. Winter in the North
37. Remembering   
38. Environmental Conversation   
39. Creation's Pantry   
40. Making Your Vote Count   
41. Tapped In   
42. On the Pot   
43. Stars in the Eyes   
44. New Ears   
45. Team Green   
46. Joy from the World   
47. Grandpop's Tree House   
48. Hurley Burley   

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“Boyer interviews a broad spectrum of people. . . . They each have their tales to tell, sometimes with a folksy humor or cracker-barrel simplicity, but always with an underlying seriousness and sense of spirituality that springs from their love of the land. It is a joy to listen to their experiences and learn how they became moved to action.”—Wapsipinicon Almanac