GRAND CANYON TO HEARST RANCH

AN EXHILARATING TRIP THROUGH THE GRAND CANYON SETS THE STAGE FOR A SERIOUS AND SCHOLARLY LOOK AT A CONSERVATION FIGHT BY AN UNLIKELY HEROINE.

GRAND CANYON TO HEARST RANCH

AN EXHILARATING TRIP THROUGH THE GRAND CANYON SETS THE STAGE FOR A SERIOUS AND SCHOLARLY LOOK AT A CONSERVATION FIGHT BY AN UNLIKELY HEROINE.

A bit about the author…

Intrigued and inspired by Harriet Hunt Burgess, a relentless risk-taking advocate for saving the only Earth we will ever have, Elizabeth Austin did extensive research into her life and conservation achievements.   When she discovered that Harriet’s first of many journeys through the Grand Canyon—running dangerous rapids on the Colorado River and camping on riverside beaches—was the catalyst for her conservation mission, Austin overcame her inexperience and anxieties about running rapids and camping to take a ten-day dory trip on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.  That exhilarating adventure combined with Austin’s personal connections to Harriet and unrestricted access to the files of Harriet’s organization enabled her to tell Harriet’s story.

Elizabeth Austin is a historian and former librarian with master’s degrees in both fields. 
Grand Canyon to Hearst Ranch is her second book.  She lives in Sacramento, California.   

Bolsa Chica

Bolsa Chica

Bolsa Chica was one of the first of Harriet’s places that I visited—long before I had decided on the five projects that I examine in detail in Grand Canyon to Hearst Ranch.  Russell and I had stopped at Topanga Canyon and Harmony Headlands State Park before exploring the largest saltwater

Read More »

Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

The Fiscalini Ranch Preserve is surrounded by the coastal community of Cambria, California.  Threatened by development in the 1990s after the Fiscalini family had to sell their ranch, local residents gathered together as Friends of the RanchLand to save what was then called the East West Ranch and keep it

Read More »

Bear Valley

John Muir once exclaimed, “At my feet lay the Great Central Valley of California, level and flowery, like a lake of pure sunshine, forty or fifty miles wide, five hundred miles long, one rich furred garden of yellow Compositae.”  The yellow flowers covered the valley like liquid gold.  There are

Read More »
Bolsa Chica

Bolsa Chica

Bolsa Chica was one of the first of Harriet’s places that I visited—long before I had decided on the five projects that I examine in detail in Grand Canyon to Hearst Ranch.  Russell and I had stopped at Topanga Canyon and Harmony Headlands State Park before exploring the largest saltwater

Read More »

Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

The Fiscalini Ranch Preserve is surrounded by the coastal community of Cambria, California.  Threatened by development in the 1990s after the Fiscalini family had to sell their ranch, local residents gathered together as Friends of the RanchLand to save what was then called the East West Ranch and keep it

Read More »
Subscribe to Elizabeth's Newsletter

Get notified of new blog posts, news, events and more.
No cost to you, free of spam, and you can opt out at anytime.