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Coastal Sage: Peter Douglas and the Fight to Save California's Shore

Coastal Sage: Peter Douglas and the Fight to Save California's Shore

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  • Thomas J Osborne
  • University of California Press
  • Paperback
  • 9780520296657
  • 8.9 X 5.9 X 0.7 inches
  • 0.75 pounds
  • History > United States - State & Local - West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY)
  • English
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There are moments when we forget how fortunate we are to have the California coast. The state is home to 1,100 miles of uninterrupted coastline defined by long stretches of beach and jagged rocky cliffs. Coastal Sage chronicles the career and accomplishments of Peter Douglas, the longest-serving executive director of the California Coastal Commission. For nearly three decades, Douglas fought to keep the California coast public, prevent overdevelopment, and safeguard habitat. In doing so, Douglas emerged as a leading figure in the contemporary American environmental movement and influenced public conservation efforts across the country. He coauthored California's foundational laws pertaining to shoreline management and conservation: Proposition 20 and the California Coastal Act. Many of the political battles to save the coast from overdevelopment and secure public access are revealed for the first time in this study of the leader who was at once a visionary, warrior, and coastal sage.
Coastal Sage: Peter Douglas and the Fight to Save California's Shore

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Tom Osborne, Ph.D. (Claremont Graduate University), retired chair and professor of history, Santa Ana College. Having authored Pacific Eldorado: A History of Greater California (2013, 2d edition 2019), I’m writing my fifth book, an account of the growth of California’s environmental movement. 

Also, I write the environmental column Green Light for the Laguna Beach Independent newspaper. Board Director Cindy Love and I head the team that produces the SLCA Bulletin. Regarding civic involvement, as a member of the Environmental Committee I chaired the work group that wrote the City of Laguna Beach’s Climate Protection Action Plan. My major environmental concerns are the climate crisis and ocean water quality, both of which I address through advocacy at the local and national levels.

 

 

Source: SouthLaguna.org 

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