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Naturalist Book Club

June 26, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us to discuss Laura Alice Watt’s 2016 book, The Paradox of Preservation: Wilderness and Working Landscapes at Point Reyes National Seashore. In her well-researched book, Watt discusses how the National Park Service has historically managed Point Reyes National Seashore to balance shifting and sometimes conflicting interests, including habitat conservation, agricultural protection, and cultural preservation. 


Excerpt from Researchgate.net: 

Point Reyes National Seashore has a long history as a working landscape, with dairy and beef ranching, fishing, and oyster farming; yet, since 1962 it has also been managed as a National Seashore. The Paradox of Preservation chronicles how national ideals about what a park “ought to be” have developed over time and what happens when these ideals are implemented by the National Park Service in its efforts to preserve places that are also lived-in landscapes.


… A fascinating and deeply researched book, The Paradox of Preservation will appeal to those studying environmental history, conservation, public lands, and cultural landscape management, or to those looking to learn more about the history of this dynamic California coastal region.”  


Date: Sunday, June 26

Time: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Venue: Zoom meeting (details emailed once space is reserved).




Space limited; reservations required.

Free (donations appreciated).

Cancellations notified via email.

Questions? Email programs@friendsofchinacamp.org or call (415) 456-0766.


June 26, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm