Point Dume local and intrepid journalist Suzanne Guldimann wrote an excellent piece—while still without internet or cell service—about three women who fought for decades to save the Santa Monica Mountains from development. Jill Swift, Sue Nelson and Margot Feuer, shown here in 1978, prevailed and ultimately created one of the largest urban parks in the country, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, a “crazy quilt of open space” stretching from Franklin Canyon to Point Mugu. Much of the parkland burned in the fire but it will grow back. Plus, Guldimann writes: “If the ridges and canyons that now make up the recreation area were packed with the high-density development once envisioned by planners, the outcome of the Woolsey fire, in human lives, could have been exponentially worse. Conservation sometimes conserves more than we realize.” Link in bio.
When the reality of a massive wildfire sinks in, you understand that most everything you own is replaceable. Except for what isn’t. And then you fixate on the irreplaceable things. The books were replaceable but I’m so happy to see them.