By Stephen Trimble

Starting with an Olympic ski race in northern Utah, this heartfelt booklet from award-winning author and photographer Stephen Trimble takes a penetrating examine the battles raging over the land--and the soul--of the yankee West. Bargaining for Eden investigates the high-profile tale of a reclusive billionaire who labored relentlessly to obtain public land for his ski hotel and to host the Salt Lake urban iciness Olympics. In a gripping, character-driven narrative, according to wide interviews, Trimble tells of the land trade deal that ensued, one of many greatest and so much debatable in U.S. historical past, as he deftly explores the interior conflicts, paradoxes, and greed on the center of land-use disputes from the again rooms of Washington to the grassroots efforts of passionate electorate. Into this combination, Trimble weaves the private tale of the way he, a lifelong environmentalist, mockingly turned a landowner and developer himself, and started to discover the ethics of possession anew. We go back and forth with Trimble in a desirable trip that turns into, in spite of everything, a hopeful credo to lead voters and groups looking to reinvent their courting with the cherished American panorama.

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The classic Depression mentality of saving yourself through work found a perfect seedbed in the boy. An acquaintance of Earl’s describes watching from the Little America Hotel tower high above Salt Lake City as an adult Earl Holding and his wife, Carol, planted trees around the entrance. Earl looked up; my storyteller looked down. All she could think of was the image of herself as the grasshopper, fiddling frivolously, while two humorless and disapproving ants below worked, worked, worked. At 15 cents an hour, nine-year-old Earl began his ceaseless life of work by gardening around the apartments managed by his parents and owned by the prominent Covey brothers, Almon (A.

Twenty-five years after Earl and Carol moved to the failing Wyoming truck stop they also owned Little America hotels in Cheyenne (opened in 1965), Salt Lake City (1966), and Flagstaff, Arizona (1972), as well as the upscale Westgate Hotel in San Diego, which LITTLE AMERICA 21 Earl purchased in 1976. At the grand opening of the Cheyenne Little America, one of the invited guests from the town didn’t recognize Earl and asked him to park his car. Earl did. “Integrating backwards,” as he put it, he had spun the expertise in gas stations acquired at Little America first into a small refinery in Casper, Wyoming (in 1967), and then into ownership of a portion of the assets of the defunct Sinclair Oil (1976).

By 1889 more than one million sheep and 350,000 cattle grazed Salt Lake Valley and the nearby Wasatch Range. A decade later the number of sheep had tripled to 3 million. In turn the native ecosystems fell into disconnected pieces, each bereft of its supporting web of interconnections. THE EDEN OF THE MYTHIC WEST abruptly became the shattered West, a land in need of restoration. Long before sagebrush rebels protested federal land management, citizens of the West pleaded for intervention from Washington.

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