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Beginning in September, 2020, events will be held on Zoom, through the Timberland Regional Library facilities.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Moments in Monuments: Stories behind McKenzie Long’s forthcoming book about National Monuments

McKenzie spent seven years rock climbing on the smooth sandstone cracks of Indian Creek, Utah, so when that area was designated as Bears Ears National Monument she got curious about what that meant for a place she loved. This evolved into a much larger journey where she visited and researched 13 national monuments, the story of which is forthcoming in a book from University of Minnesota Press: This Land:a personal exploration of our country’s most controversial national monuments

She focused on large monuments created by presidential proclamation after 1995. These modern monuments are like the scrappy younger siblings of national parks. With a well-established management philosophy, national parks are sexy and sleek and beloved. They get huge visitation numbers. Many people don’t know about monuments, and if they do, they often confuse them with parks. Hear about these misunderstood places, what makes them unique, and the adventures behind her book, including volunteering at America’s most contaminated nuclear site, Hanford Reach; and hiking through remote desert canyons that were recently removed from Grand Staircase-Escalante’s boundary.





Born in Ohio and a midwesterner at heart, McKenzie Long is a rock climber, graphic designer, and writer who lives in the Sierra Nevada. Her accomplishments include co-authoring two climbing guidebooks, winning cross-country Mountain Bike Nationals, climbing El Capitan, convincing her sisters to relocate within driving distance, and freelancing since 2011. McKenzie is a two-time writer-in-residence at Hypatia-in-the-Woods in Shelton, Washington.







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