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The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 1, Number 4 (Jan. 1900)

Tenney, D. K.
The University in the early fifties,   pp. 146-148

Page 146

Wisconsin Alumni Magazine.
   Dr. Muir has taken the profoundest interest in the preserva-
 tion of our forests. He says that "the coniferous forests of
 the Sierra are the grandest and most beautiful in the world."
 In discussing the discovery, of these forests he says: "More
 than sixty years ago David Douglas wandered alone through
 fine sections of the Sugar Pine and Silver Fir woods wild with
 delight. A few years later, other botanists made short jour-
 neys from the coast into the lower woods. Then came the won-
 derful multitude of miners into the foothill zone, mostly ,blind
 with gold dust, soon followed by sheepmen, who, with wool over
 their eyes, chased their flocks through all the forest belts from
 one end of the range to the other." "Everywild garden is
 trodden down, the shrubs are stripped of leaves as if devoured
 by locusts, and the woods are burned. The entire forest belt
 is thus swept and divested from onie extremity of the range to
 the other."
 The life of Dr. Muir is a living argument against the theory
 that "the influences of pure nature, permeating one's very flesh
 and bones, unfits the student for scientific pursuits in which
 cool judgment and observation is required. ... Instead of pro-
 ducing a dissipated condition," he says, "the mind is fertilized,
 stimulated, and developed like sunfed plants."
 During the last year Dr. Muir has been flitting here -and
 there across the continent in questof pine cones and, tree data
 for the gigantic work, of his friend, Professor Sargent of Harv-
 ard University.
 All hail to the child of nature,- lover of birds, and trees,-
 companion of glacial rivers and mountain cataracts,- friend of
 bees and butterflies, and defender of the "innocents." Long
 may he live among the wild flowers and forests of the Sierra,
and protect them from the ravishes of a greedy, self-loving
nation.                     ERNEST ROBERTSON BUCKLEY.
  In his very interesting article in the December number, Mr.
E. D. Coe makes a number of traditional statements, which do
not injure his story, but are not in accord with actual history.

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