Finding Joy and Discomfort in the History of the National Parks

Poet Terry Tempest Williams on wilderness and her forthcoming book

November 15, 2015
Poet Terry Tempest Williams talks into a microphone

If you had to pick one writer, one poet, who has persistently reminded us of the connection between inner and outer landscapes it would be Terry Tempest Williams. She's advocated again and again for the preservation of wild places and the importance of national wilderness through books like “Refuge,” “Desert Quartet,” “Finding Beauty in a Broken World” and “When Women Were Birds.” She'll soon be releasing a new book -- “The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks.”


Terry, I love your writing and your subjects. As you were a downwinder in your early activist days - we have become underneathers ---- living, farming and working below the loudest jet in the arsenal - the EA 18 Growler or super hornet. At it's loudest - it is 150 decibels and at low-level fllying for touch and go training and electromagnetic warfare training(1,000 down to 500 feet) - it is 110 to 130 decibels. The danger line for permanent damage is at 85 decibels. These jets are flying over our national forests at will and recently are trying to get permission to fly over the Olympic forests. National Parks is resisting but the Forest Service is caving. I am interested in the book you put together to bring attention to your cause. Can you make suggestions about how you put this together? Barry Lopez has offered to help. Much thanks, friends on Whidbey Island, Washington