By Timothy P. Duane
Today, the first social and monetary values of the Sierra Nevada panorama are within the facilities and ecological providers supplied by means of its wildlands and functioning ecosystems. Duane exhibits how extra unfettered inhabitants progress threatens the very values that have made the Sierra Nevada a fascinating position to dwell and paintings. a brand new method of land use making plans, source administration, and native fiscal development—one that acknowledges the rising values of the landscape—is worthy so that it will in attaining sustainable improvement, Duane claims. Weaving own event with notable scholarship, he indicates how such an procedure needs to explicitly realize the significance of values and the applying of an environmental land ethic to destiny improvement within the area.
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Together these two towns constituted one community bound by a shared history of mining (Bean 1867; Thompson and West 1880; Mann 1982). I imprinted on this landscape. Like a newborn discovering the subtle lines of his mother's smile, I learned the contours and colors of the middle-elevation forests of the Banner Mountain divide and came to call them home after moving here as an eleven-year-old. I can't get the place out of my system; it keeps calling Ine back, and it will probably always be home to me.
Then it seetned to 111e that the Sierra should be called, not the Nevada or Sno'vy Range, but the Range of Light. ight, the Inost divinely beautiful of all the mountainchains I have seen. ~ THE RANGE OF LIGHT The Sierra is a land of superlatives. Within its vast area, it has more than five hundred peaks over 12,000 feet in elevation. Alnong thell1 is the highest peak in the contiguous United States, Mount Whitney (14,498 feet), and at least a dozen rnore peaks more than 14,000 feet. Lake Tahoe is the second-largest alpine lake in the \vorld and the largest in North Alnerica.
Oaf Mountain, which is just north of town. Highway 20 climbs east up the dry, chaparral-covered southern flank of Harnlony THE RANGE OF LIGHT Ridge above Deer Creek, offering fine views of Banner Mountain and the Little Deer Creek drainage to the south. Parting the waters at the top of the ridge, the northern slopes descend to the South Yuba River clothed in the denser vegetation found in the upper reaches of Little Deer Creek. S. Geological Survey map. Harmony Ridge is a concept, an idea, a vision, an ideal; it is everywhere in possibility yet nowhere in reality.