Three Scout naturalists in the National Parks by Donald G. Kelley[,] Jack W. Edgemond and W. Drew Chick[.] Drawings by Donald G. Kelley. New York: Brewer, Warren & Putnam, 1931. 20x13 cm, pp. [1-6] 7-13  15-18 [19-20] 21-237 [238-240: blank], 50 illustrations from photographs on inserted plates, drawings in the text, original red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black, endpaper maps. First edition. Accounts of a 12,000-mile three-month summer trip, the first Scout Naturalist Expedition, written by three San Francisco Bay Area "eagle" Scouts serving as field assistants to Ansel F. Hall, Senior Naturalist and Forester for the National Park Service, who organized the trip (and edited their manuscripts), to western National Parks: Yosemite, General Grant-Sequoia, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Glacier, Mount Rainier, Crater Lake and Lassen. The Scouts made three trips to Yosemite, including a trek into the backcountry, as well as a trip into the southern High Sierra while working in General Grant and Sequoia National Parks. The expedition was a privately funded "experiment to determine if older Scouts could, under proper leadership, accomplish projects of real importance in the National Parks." Part of the funding came from the Oakland Tribune for which the Scouts wrote articles about their activities. Introduction by Horace M. Albright, Director, National Park Service. There were at least four of these expeditions, the fourth to Grand Canyon Zion Canyon Bryce Canyon and the High Sierra of Yosemite National Park in 1932. The 1932 expedition, June 3 through August 9, 1932, was principally engaged in field work in the Yosemite High Sierra under the direction of geologist François E. Matthes. Cloth worn and repaired, a good copy. (#166603).
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