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Nature noir : a park ranger's patrol in the Sierra

Author: Jordan Fisher Smith
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Nature Noir is the story -- part Barry Lopez, part James Ellroy -- of Jordan Fisher Smith"s fourteen years as a park ranger on a huge tract of government land in the Sierras. As Fisher Smith learns on his first patrol, the wildness in this place tends toward the human kind: desperate miners who scour canyons for gold, bad guys who look like armed rock-and-roll musicians, extreme recreators who enjoy combining  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Named Person: Jordan Fisher Smith; Jordan Fisher Smith
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jordan Fisher Smith
ISBN: 0618224165 9780618224166
OCLC Number: 56590803
Description: 216 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Contents: 1 A Day in the Park 7 --
2 It Never Rains in California 21 --
3 Career Development 43 --
4 Occurrence at Yankee Jims Bridge 62 --
5 Rocks and Bones 82 --
6 The Bridge over Purgatory 104 --
7 A Natural Death 120 --
8 Finch Finds His Roots 136 --
9 Crossing the Mekong 156 --
10 As Weak as Water 168 --
11 Eight Mile Curve 190.
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"Nature Noir is the story -- part Barry Lopez, part James Ellroy -- of Jordan Fisher Smith"s fourteen years as a park ranger on a huge tract of government land in the Sierras. As Fisher Smith learns on his first patrol, the wildness in this place tends toward the human kind: desperate miners who scour canyons for gold, bad guys who look like armed rock-and-roll musicians, extreme recreators who enjoy combining motorcycles, parachutes, and high bridges. This gorgeous land along the American River is destined to be drowned by a huge federal dam, a paradox that colors every day of Fisher Smith"s patrol. The story of life here becomes, among other things, an extraordinary litany of violence and death; dozens of people lost their lives in the canyons of the American River on Fisher Smith"s beat. In one surreal, heart-stopping scene, he comes across the corpse of a woman jogger, killed and partly eaten by a mountain lion -- the first Californian to die in that way since the nineteenth century."--Publisher description.

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