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Reviews for The Soul of Yosemite...

"Although Ms. Moritsch did not know it then, that single, disheartening phrase--'Yosemite is different'--was the true inspiration for her book.”
-Alfred Runte, Historian and Author

"I loved this book! It will make a significant contribution to the literature of Yosemite."
-Jan W. van Wagtendonk, Ph.D. Research Forester Emeritus,
USGS Western Ecological Research Center, Yosemite Field Station

"...a compelling, thought-provoking read. Beautifully written and on target."
-Len McKenzie, Retired, Former Chief of Interpretation, Yosemite National Park

"Beautiful, shocking, and brave, Moritsch reveals the hard truth about the impaired state of nature in one of our most beloved national parks."
-Kate Riley, Co-Author of "The Green Velvet Journals"


For more than 20 years, Barbara J. Moritsch worked for the National Park Service as an ecologist and interpretive naturalist. At various times from 1982 to 2006, she served at Yosemite as well as four other national parks in the western United States. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Planning and Interpretation from Humboldt State University, and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science from Oregon State University. She currently lives in Eagle, Idaho with her husband Tom, two cats, a dog, and three horses.

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