Special Programming: Public Affairs on 04/22/13
EARTH DAY PROGRAMMING: Christine Byl discusses her recent book Dirt Work, An Education in the Woods. After graduating with a degree in philosophy, Byl took a summer job as a "trail dog," maintaining trails in Glacier National Park; and it changed the course of her life. She has since spent more than fifteen summers on trail crews.
“Byl’s is not a world of groomed nature, inert tools, or nostalgic rituals, but a vibrant landscape inhabited by people and animals and layered by idea and history. She means this book as a love song, she writes, and it is, not only from her to her fellow laborers, but from the mind to the body, the hand to the tool, the human to the wild.” —Sherry Simpson, author of The Accidental Explorer: Wayfinding in Alaska