Roderick Nash, considered America's foremost wilderness historian, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Skylight Room at Fresno City College. And it may be worth your time to hear him.
Nash, 75, is a retired University of California at Santa Barbara professor and author of several books, including the well-known "Wilderness and the American Mind."
It has been 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act, which environmental groups are celebrating all over the country.
In the Sierra Nevada, federal leaders have designated more than 3.7 million acres of wilderness over the decades. They include spectacular places as nearby John Muir and Ansel Adams wildernesses as well as Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon national parks.
After seeing a large oil spill in Santa Barbara, Nash and other faculty member started an environmental studies program that has continued and grown for decades.