Gordon Sayre

(Professor, English, University of Oregon) visited the forest September 1-5, 2008, to work on an essay entitled “The Oxymoron of American Pastoralism” which examines how the concept of “American Pastoralism” has been defined by major scholars of American history and literature, in light of the fact that no Native peoples in North America relied on a pastoralist, or herding subsistence. The work draws upon the writings of natural historians, anthropologists, and literary figures from Thoreau and Adam Smith to Jared Diamond.  He comments, “I was intrigued to learn of the research at the experimental forest, and to compare it with the work at federal experimental ranges, which concentrate on grasses and grazing.”  Gordon’s publication appeared in the journal Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory.

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