April 26, 2022

The value of Wilderness and Saving the Yellowstone Grizzly with Doug Peacock [EP 326]

Show Notes

Rick Saez
The value of Wilderness and Saving the Yellowstone Grizzly with Doug Peacock [EP 326]

This conversation is very special to me as I get to speak with one of my environmental heroes Doug Peacock. I was fortunate to meet Doug at an Earth First! Rendezvous in Idaho in 1988. I’m just finishing his newest book “Was it Worth It”, from Patagonia Books. Doug and I talk about his many adventures, love for wildness, and his current work to save the Yellowstone Grizzly.

Do you love to read but don’t always have the time to sit down with a good book?

I’m the same, and sometimes I just feel like having someone else tell the story.

Audible is like having a library on your phone.


Show Notes

Intro to Outdoors

My dad was a boy scout organizer. So he would go up to the woods and lead them and organize boy scout troops operated in the woods. And I would be too little to be a boy scout.

So I got cut loose to just run wild in the woods and catch turtles and hunt squirrels, whatever, everything. And that’s how I grew up.


Was It Worth It?: A Wilderness Warrior’s Long Trail Home

In the Shadow of the Sabertooth:
A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene

The Essential Grizzly: The Mingled Fates of Men and Bears 

Walking It Off:  A Veteran’s Chronicle of War and Wilderness


Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness

Favorite Gear

Korean war Mickey Mouse boots, those black things


At Save the Yellowstone Grizzly, actually, we’re looking for help. People that can be tablers in Yellowstone National Park, and just talk to people about bears and handout brochures, stuff like that.


“You want it dense, really high specific gravity. I remember carrying the Odyssey, Moby Dick, and I carried one of Jimmy Harrison’s books out there. And after Ed died, I had to read Hayduke Lives, so I took it out there. Lately, I’ve just read a book by Joy Williams. And oh hell just three or four nights ago I cooked dinner for Richard Powers and Gretel Ehrlich and David & Betsy Quammen.”

Edward Abbey


Bill Eastlake


Allan Harrington

The Immortalist

Follow up with Doug