Mark Kenyon – That Wild Country


From prominent outdoorsman and nature writer Mark Kenyon comes an engrossing reflection on the past and future battles over our most revered landscapes – Americas public lands.

Every American is a public-land owner, inheritor to the largest public-land trust in the world. These vast expanses provide a home to wildlife populations, a vital source of clean air and water, and a haven for recreation.

Since its inception, however, Americas public land system has been embroiled in controversy – caught in the push and pull between the desire to develop the valuable resources the land holds or conserve them. Alarmed by rising tensions over the use of these lands, hunter, angler, and outdoor enthusiast Mark Kenyon set out to explore the spaces involved in this heated debate, and learn firsthand how they came to be and what their future might hold.

Part travelogue and part historical examination, That Wild Country invites listeners on an intimate tour of the wondrous wild and public places that are a uniquely profound and endangered part of the American landscape.

Author: Mark Kenyon
Narrator: Mark Kenyon
Duration: 8 hours 44 minutes
Released: 19 Jan 2012
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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This is a must read for everyone. Not just outdoor enthusiasts. A profound look into our history and future of public lands that most of us take for granted.

Growing up near the Boundary Waters and currently living in the PNW, the outdoors and public lands have been a staple for me my entire life. Unfortunately, I have taken them for granted. Mr. Kenyon has educated me on how and why we have the public lands that I have enjoyed for over 50 years of my life.

Mr Kenyon did a phenomenal job of balancing his personal journeys through the areas that he researched and the historical significance behind our public lands.

Due to That Wild Country, I have a newly found need to get involved to save our public lands as they were meant to be…..for everyones enjoyment for generations to come.

In addition, That Wild Country has helped me understand that all sorts of people with all types of interests enjoy our public lands. I will no longer be irritated as I hear ATVs, hear loud music, watch IG chasers for the perfect post, or watch the raucous crowds around a pristine alpine lake. Public lands are for all of us to enjoy however we each chose to enjoy them! Thank you Mr Kenyon for shifting my mindset.

I also believe that public lands can possibly be the one unifier that brings our country back from its great political division. As a self defined ultra liberal, I have always fully supported hunting and fishing. If we all stand together to protect and grow our public lands and not be short sighted for short term profits, future generations will be able to hunt, fish, hike, backpack, or do what ever they want to do on our shared national treasures.