William C. Tweed
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About William C. Tweed
William Tweed, utilizing the knowledge and skills he developed during thirty years with the National Park Service where he worked as an interpretive writer, historian, and naturalist, specializes in writing that brings together the natural and human worlds.
His major published works include: Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks: The Story Behind the Scenery (KC Publications, 1980); Challenge of the Big Trees: A Resource History of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Sequoia Naturalist History Association, 1990) (Co-authored with Lary Dilsaver); Death Valley and the Northern Mojave: A Visitor’s Guide (Cachuma Press, 2003) (Co-authored with Lauren Davis); and Uncertain Path: A Search for the Future of National Parks (University of California Press, 2010).
Tweed also writes a column for the Visalia Times-Delta on nature in Central California. Since 1997, when the column first appeared, more than 400 of his essays have appeared in the newspaper.
Tweed holds a Ph.D. in history from Texas Christian University and makes his home in Three Rivers, California.
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Titles By William C. Tweed
Former park ranger William C. Tweed takes readers on a tour of some of the world’s largest and oldest trees in a narrative that travels deep into the Sierra Nevada mountains, across the American West, and all the way to New Zealand. Along the way, he explores the American public's evolving relationship with sequoias, also known simply and affectionately as Big Trees.
It’s no surprise that the sequoia groves of Yosemite and Calaveras were early tourist destinations. The species was the embodiment of California's superlative appeal. These giant redwoods were so beloved that special protections efforts sprang up to protect them from logging interests—and so began the notion of National Parks. Later, as science evolved to consider landscapes more holistically, sequoias once again played a major role in shaping this new perspective. Featuring a fascinating cast of adventurers, researchers, politicians, and environmentalists, King Sequoia reveals how one tree species transformed Americans' connection to the natural world.
The story begins…….By 1920, Shorty had come to a realization. Only in the mountains, away from humanity and the associated temptations, could he escape his craving for alcohol. His marriage had failed; his partnership with Hammer had dissolved. There was nothing to prevent his seeking a cure in the mountains.
Orignially published by the Sequoia Natural History Association in 1980, and out of print since 2007, the book returns as an EBook for Kindle.