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An Evening with California Book Award Winner Jordan Fisher Smith

December 16, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

We are excited to present award winning author Jordan Fisher-Smith to discuss his critically acclaimed book, Engineering Eden.

Complimentary cheese and crackers will be served with beverages available for purchase. A $5 donation is suggested for this free program.

In the summer of 1972 Harry Eugene Walker hitchhiked away from his Alabama home to see America. Nineteen days later he was killed and partially eaten by an endangered grizzly bear at Yellowstone National Park. An environmental activist convinced Harry’s parents—simple dairy farmers who’d never as much as contested a traffic ticket—to sue the Department of Interior for alleged mismanagement of the grizzly that not only caused their son’s death, but threatened to drive the great bear to extinction in the 48 contiguous United States. When the case went to trial in 1975, two of the greatest wildlife biologists of the twentieth century testified against each other in what became a referendum on some of the most fundamental issues we face today in conserving wild places:  When nature has been disrupted by human beings, how do we go about repairing it? How much should we try to control or manipulate it in order to heal it? And, what happens when we get it wrong?

Engineering Eden is available for sale in the Visitor Center store and at the event for signing.


“An intensely reported, rousingly readable and ambitiously envisioned book…Like the best visions for the parks, it combines the human and the animal, the managed and the natural, the controlled and the wild.”
—The Wall Street Journal

Jordan Fisher-Smth Website: Click Here


Doors open at 5 pm | Program begins at 5:30pm


December 16, 2017
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Donner Memorial State Park
12593 Donner Pass Rd.
Truckee, CA 96161 United States
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