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National parks are a distinctively American idea. But it takes people to make them happen. This unique, insider's account tells how Bay Area activists forged bipartisan local and national support for an unprecedented campaign to create a great new national park. In 1970, beginning with the former Army lands originally reserved to protect San Francisco Bay, the grassroots People for a Golden Gate National Recreation Area succeeded in preserving all of the spectacular land that frames the Golden Gate.
Spanning more than thirty eventful years, Amy Meyer tells the story of how dedicated citizens, including visionary conservationist Edgar Wayburn, master politician Phillip Burton, and a battalion of lesser-known but key allies made our democratic system work for the common good and won their fight to save these dramatic and historic lands for all of the American people. Pictures by noted California photographers capture the park’s grandeur and new activities. New Guardians for the Golden Gate tells how a bold vision, dedicated citizens, and a variety of old and new conservation strategies saved these magnificent lands for all time.
About the Author
Amy Meyer is co-chair of People for a Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Randolph Delehanty, PhD, is a historian and author.
“Meyer is the perfect person to tell the story: she's one of the original players who made up something we now take for granted—tactical community activism. . . . Consider New Guardians for the Golden Gate regional history—and more. It's a primer showing how intelligent people with a worthy goal can alter the landscape. Or in this case, keep it the way it was always meant to be.”
— San Francisco Chronicle
“Open space and wilderness don't save themselves. Dedicated people do. This book is an important reminder of that.”
— San Jose Mercury News
“In New Guardians for the Golden Gate, Amy Meyer demonstrates the power of a dedicated, informed citizenry, working with institutions, and in connect with strange bedfellows, to accomplish the seemingly impossible.”
“Readers of this beautifully illustrated loving book will get to know the players and the wonderful places they saved.”
— Fort Mason Center Quarterly
“The book is wonderful reading and the accompanying photographs will transport you there. Soon you’ll be strapping on your hiking boots to visit grand open spaces that we almost lost.”
— San Francisco Tomorrow
“Meyer’s story is rich with anecdotes and personal observations from her front seat on the roller-coaster ride to assemble properties and create the largest urban area national park in the U.S.”