With the growing reliance on potent tech devices, not just in the applied sciences in national parks, but in research, something big has happened to the old-time naturalist with her binoculars, notebook and broad-based knowledge of the names and habits of plants and animals: she’s all but extinct.
The Georgia-Alabama Land Trust, in partnership with Penguin-Random House’s release of Jordan Fisher Smith’s ENGINEERING EDEN, has announced the creation of the Harry Walker Conservation Fund in memory of Harry Eugene Walker, a young Choccolocco, AL farmer whose 1972 death is the book’s central story. The Harry Walker Conservation Fund will benefit Georgia-Alabama Land Trust’s acquisitions of conservation easements to save farmlands and critical conservation areas as well as the organization’s conservation education work, which includes preserving local family stories and traditions in connection with the land. The trust currently protects over 300,000 acres in the two states under agreements that encourage farmers to continue to work the land. Jordan Fisher Smith will appear with Land Trust staff and members of the Walker family to promote the fund and remember the life of Harry Walker at events in Alabama and Georgia in the fall of 2016.
On September 28, Jordan will speak and sign copies of ENGINEERING EDEN in a lunchtime program at the University of Utah Quinney College of Law’s Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and the Environment. named after the Pulitzer Prize- winning author and conservationist, the Center is dedicated to understanding critical environmental challenges and to increasing public understanding and promoting dialogue about how to live more sustainably. As one of the top-rated environmental law centers in the Western United States, the Stegner Center is home to a talented group of faculty fully committed to shaping environmental policy. Faculty members serve on local and national NGO boards and advisory committees, are consulted by state and federal government officials on a range of policies, and testify before Congress and other policy-making entities. For information on the program see the Stegner Center events page or jordanfishersmith.com
On July 19, Jordan will speak in conversation with conservation writer John Hart at the Commonwealth Club of California, 555 Post Street in San Francisco. The event begins at 6:30 PM. Hart is the acclaimed author of books on national parks, wilderness, and conservation, including An Island in Time. The Commonwealth Club’s events are broadcast on 230 radio stations. The broadcast is the oldest continual radio program in the United States. For tickets go to www.commonwealthclub.org/events
Blackstone Audio has announced it will release the unabridged audiobook of Jordan Fisher Smith’s Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight Over Controlling Nature, read by Traber Burns, to coincide with the June 7 release of the hardcover by Penguin-Random House. The audiobook will be available in CD and MP-3 CD at bookstores, online booksellers, and public libraries, and the MP-3 will be downloadable at Blackstone’s DOWNPOUR site as well as Audible.com. For more information see www.blackstoneaudio.com.