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Brown Hall Auditorium, Campus of East Tennessee State University
JOHNSON CITY, TN – “Wilderness touches something deep and fundamental in the American psyche,” writes Robert Redford in the forward to Our Wilderness: America’s Common Ground, a book written by Doug Scott, wilderness historian and policy and research manager for the Campaign for America’s Wilderness at the Pew Environment Group. On July 22, Scott will join photographer Jerry Greer and author Charles Maynard for an event titled, Tennessee’s Blue Ridge: Ancient, Majestic and Wild. Greer and Maynard have recently collaborated on the book, Blue Ridge: Ancient and Majestic, a collaboration of photographs and essays that bring to life the natural wonders of this region. Scott will begin the event with a discussion of wilderness designation -- what it really means for individual Americans and why we should remain vigilant in our protection of these lands. He will be followed by Greer and Maynard who will open the magical world of the Blue Ridge Mountains through Jerry Greer’s lens and Charles Maynard’s pen. The authors will sign copies of their books following the discussion. This event is FREE and open to the public What: Tennessee’s Blue Ridge: Ancient, Majestic and Wild, a discussion of Tennessee Wilderness When: July 22, 2010 from 7-9 PM Where: Brown Hall Auditorium, Campus of East Tennessee State University Who: Doug Scott is the Policy and Research Manager for the Campaign for America’s Wilderness of the Pew Environment Group. He has worked for wilderness preservation since 1966, serving as a strategist and lobbyist at the forefront of many of the important wilderness preservation campaign throughout the country. He is a winner of the Sierra Club’s John Muir award and author of The Enduring Wilderness: Protecting Our Natural Heritage through the Wilderness Act. Scott lives in Seattle, Washington. Jerry D. Greer is a professional conservation photographer with more than two decades of experience. His images have appeared in Appalachian Trailway News, Backpacker, Blue Ridge Country, L.L. Bean and Mountain Bike magazines, among many others. His previous books include Appalachia: The Southern Highlands, Blue Ridge Mountains: America’s First Frontier, Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina and Virginia Wonder and Light. Greer lives in Johnson City, Tennessee. Charles W. Maynard worked as the first executive director of the Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and as the director of advancement at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee. He has authored or coauthored more than 28 books, including The Appalachians, Going Along to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and The Rocky Mountains. Maynard lives in Jonesborough, Tennessee.