Thoreau, Landscape Scale Wildlands & Natural Democracy with Jamie Sayen


Wednesday, September 18, 2024    
6:15 pm - 7:45 pm

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Join The Walden Woods Project and RESTORE: The North Woods for a special presentation from wilderness activist and author Jamie Sayen. 

About Jamie Sayen:

Jamie Sayen is a long-time wilderness activist who lives in northern New Hampshire. He founded The Northern Forest Forum in 1992 and served as editor until 1997. He is author of Children of the Northern Forest: Wild New England’s History from Glaciers to Global Warming, Yale University Press, 2024, and You Had a Job for Life: Story of a Company Town, Brandeis University Press, 2023. He was a co-founder of the new on-line conservation quarterly, From the Ground Up. He has served on the Board of RESTORE for over two decades. 


About the presentation:

Thoreau’s Maine Woods provides the most lyrical and ecological introduction to the “mossy and moosey” landscape of undeveloped northern Maine before lumberjacks, paper companies and contemporary land speculators degraded this wild place “not bound to be kind to man.” Thoreau proposed the establishment of reserves decades before the designation of the first national parks. Thoreau, an uncompromising Abolitionist, challenged prevailing views on democracy, asserting: on ethical issues, a person more right than his neighbors already constituted a majority of one. 

Forest conservation policies have failed to protect and preserve the ecological integrity of the Acadian Forest, and our degraded democracy has failed to meet the challenge of climate change, wild habitat destruction, and environmental justice. Children of the Northern Forest: Wild New England’s History from Glaciers to Global Warming offers a history of the natural and human communities of Acadian Forest region. It suggests that a Natural Democracy must first address the question of land health which requires the preservation of landscape scale wildlands, the transformation of human consumer practices, universal adoption of low-impact land use practices, and environmental justice for all species.  

When: September 18, 6:15-8:00 pm EST.

Where: The Walden Woods Project (address provided upon registration)

Doors will open at 6:15 pm for a wine and cheese reception.  The presentation will begin at 7:00 pm.

Co-sponsored by RESTORE: The North Woods.

The mission of RESTORE: The North Woods is to create new national parks, save natural forests, and protect endangered wildlife. RESTORE is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1992 by veteran conservationists and grassroots activists. They are grassroots based, using advocacy, public education, and citizen activism to address the root causes of our ecological crisis — not just the symptoms. Find out more and donate to RESTORE here.