Public land in the U.S. – origins in a 1910 forest fire

KUOW aired an interesting piece last night during their show The Conversation, about the early history of setting aside land for public use in this country. It’s not about urban areas, but definitely of interest to those who are into public space, especially public natural area.

“In 1910 the largest forest fire in U.S. history raged through the Northern Rockies in Idaho, Washington and Montana. In “The Big Burn,” Seattle–based New York Times columnist Tim Egan tells how the natural disaster changed America.” – click here to listen to last night’s episode of The Conversation. The forest fire piece is the last one: start time is 34 minutes in.

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