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Et their way public property may become private precious green spaces may be developed and the common good may be sacrificed for the benefit of the wealthy fewKen Ilgunas lifelong traveler hitchhiker and roamer takes readers back to the nineteenth century when Americans were allowed to journey undisturbed across the country Today though America finds itself as an outlier in the Western world as a number of European countries have created sophisticated legal systems that protect landowners and give citizens generous ro I enjoyed his memoirs travel narratives Walden on Wheels and Trespassing Across America than this one I can't think of another book length argument I've read recently so I'm uncertain of what I should have expected As has been stated by at least one other reviewer it is hard to imagine implementation of a right to roam in America today or in the near future Right now we're at a place where we can't even come to agreement on the facts never mind positions to take on them Anyway I see that both Trespassing and The Right to Roam need readers and ratings

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Private property is everywhere Almost anywhere you walk in the United States you will spot No Trespassing and Private Property signs on trees and fence posts In America there are than a billion acres of grassland pasture cropland and forest and miles and miles of coastlines that are mostly closed off to the public Meanwhile America's public lands are threatened by extremist groups and right wing think tanks who call for our public lands to be sold to the highest bidder and closed off to everyone else If these groups g Interesting book covers many sides of the “right to roam” argument and ramifications well I feel much better informed But I do have some advice Mr Ilgunas You need a brand A graphic A logo Something that grassroots Americans can put on t shirts and plaster on social media I went to the web and tried to look up a sign that I could buy to post on my property we two thirty somethings with five kids own 43 acres 14 of which are pretty wild woods but I couldn’t find anything I want a sign that says “Respectful people may roam here” or “Responsible citizens may roam here” with the ROAM HERE part being larger than the rest We could put up a sign with a garbage can next to it and empty the bag occasionally when it gets full And people could enjoy the woods and creek But I’m horrible at sign painting and graphic design But if politicians start to see the brand and people start putting up signs and letting people onto their land then things could change right? Popular opinion sometimes needs a logo behind which to rally Any of my familyfriends that actually read my reviews may come and roam whenever you want You know all three of you that live nowhere near me Haha But you should all be informed that cow tipping is not a real thing so don’t even think about it Peace

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Aming rights to their countries' green spacesInspired by the United States' history of roaming and taking guidance from present day Europe Ilgunas calls into uestion our entrenched understanding of private property and provocatively proposes something unheard of opening up American private property for public recreation He imagines a future in which folks everywhere will have the right to walk safely explore freely and roam boldly from California to the New York island from the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters Ken Ilgunas' first two books—the pioneering #vanlife memoir WALDEN ON WHEELS and epic Keystone pipeline travelogue TRESPASSING ACROSS AMERICA—elevated the act of veering out of bounds into an art making him a man after my own heart His new book THIS LAND IS OUR LAND elegantly builds on this theme with a passionate and persuasive ode to roaming Reading it will radically change how you see private property in North America and just might inspire you out the door and over the fence yourself I've long been amazed and deeply inspired by Ken's writing wilderness ethic and general approach to life so if you haven't heard of him or his work yet you're in for a treat—I highly recommend starting here and now

  • Paperback
  • 288
  • This Land Is Our Land
  • Ken Ilgunas
  • English
  • 04 October 2017
  • 9780735217843

About the Author: Ken Ilgunas

Ken Ilgunas was born in Ontario Is Our PDF ✓ and raised in Wheatfield a small town in western New York where his family still lives At the moment he's either tending a friend's garden in Stokes County North Carolina or traveling cross country in his van.



10 thoughts on “This Land Is Our Land

  1. says:

    Interesting book covers many sides of the “right to roam” argument and ramifications well I feel much better informed But I do have some advice Mr Ilgunas You need a brand A graphic A logo Something that grassroots Americans can put on t shirts and plaster on social media I went to the web and tried to look up a sign that I could buy to post on my property we two thirty somethings with five kids own 43 acres 14 of which are pretty wild woods but I couldn’t find anything I want a sign that says “Respectful people may roam here” or “Responsible citizens may roam here” with the ROAM HERE part being larger than the rest We could put up a sign with a garbage can next to it and empty the bag occasionally when it gets full And people could enjoy the woods and creek But I’m horrible at sign painting and graphic design But if politicians start to see the brand and people start putting up signs and letting people onto their land then things could change right? Popular opinion sometimes needs a logo behind which to rally Any of my familyfriends that actually read my reviews may come and roam whenever you want You know all three of you that live nowhere near me Haha But you should all be informed that cow tipping is not a real thing so don’t even think about it Peace

  2. says:

    Ilgunas has incorporated a tapestry of legal and literary references for the heartiest advocates—we can make our land free to roam

  3. says:

    I thought I knew a lot about the policy and law of the outdoor world in the United States but this book was a game changer Although it was definitely entertaining it still took me a while to get through this book especially considering it was only a bit over 200 pages But I’m so very glad that I stuck it out and finished reading this book I’ve read a lot of books about the outdoors in the past two years but I think I learned the most from this one I’d like to expand just for a moment on one of the ideas that Ilgunas does not touch upon That would be the idea that the right to roam or the right of responsible access would increase awareness of global warming and climate change Awareness is already becoming heavily increased through social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram however similar to how Ilgunas describes the concept of wildness vs wilderness many people fail to realize just how much they can effect change Anyway this is just a long winded way of saying that I think the right to roam would decrease the odds of this planet going down the drain America is absolutely full of people who take it for granted Our beautiful land and planet are mistreated in this country The right to roam has the potential to fix that Okay back to the book itself I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone interested in adventure the outdoors and the ethics behind property As someone was not previously interested in the philosophy of property law I was not looking forward to reading about that but I was pleasantly surprised The parts on property law were some of the most entertaining and interesting parts of this book and I was completely taken aback by how much I enjoyed them I can’t wait to read the other books by Ilgunas And I also can’t wait for the day where we all get to roam free

  4. says:

    A thoughtful and informative argument for the idea that Americans should have the freedom to roam our own lands I like these ideas very much though sadly I suspect the author will have an impossibly difficult struggle seeing them to fruition given the current political climate Regardless an interesting read

  5. says:

    I read a lot of walking books and this is one of the good ones I wish Americans could buy into this idea but I get depressed considering the reach it would reuire As Ilgunas writes toward the end of the book Only a society that walks will fight for the right to walk I don't think the United States is anywhere near thatI recently cut through Glacier Park as the uickest route from the east side of it to the west side Traffic was unbelievable An impatient jackass in a gigantic SUV was honking at people slowing down to watch a young grizzly bear foraging roadside We are an impatient impetuous overly entitled people who tend to think only of our own desires and conveniences If we could channel a fraction of our blather over our rights to drive whatever we want wherever we want into slower means of transportation and less abusive intrusions into the natural world—like walking paths and trails—we might not be such jerks to each other Heavy sighIn my fantasies of living somewhere where walking is the bulk of my means of transportation those daydreams include emigrating somewhere else Somewhere with a better view toward our intertwined existence with other lifeforms Somewhere with fewer Americans

  6. says:

    I enjoyed his memoirs travel narratives Walden on Wheels and Trespassing Across America than this one I can't think of another book length argument I've read recently so I'm uncertain of what I should have expected As has been stated by at least one other reviewer it is hard to imagine implementation of a right to roam in America today or in the near future Right now we're at a place where we can't even come to agreement on the facts never mind positions to take on them Anyway I see that both Trespassing and The Right to Roam need readers and ratings

  7. says:

    I had uestions at first but those uestions mostly fell by the wayside as I went further into this American book about the right to roam or in the better but less catchy Scottish version “the right of responsible access” what it means how it has been applied in other countries and in early America the law in the US and what it might take to give Americans the right to roam especially locally and at the state level My biggest problem with the book is how it downplays insurance Ilgunas deals with insurance only at page 175 far too late because a lot of what he describes derives from fears of being sued even if they are in many ways exaggerated

  8. says:

    Ken Ilgunas' first two books—the pioneering #vanlife memoir WALDEN ON WHEELS and epic Keystone pipeline travelogue TRESPASSING ACROSS AMERICA—elevated the act of veering out of bounds into an art making him a man after my own heart His new book THIS LAND IS OUR LAND elegantly builds on this theme with a passionate and persuasive ode to roaming Reading it will radically change how you see private property in North America and just might inspire you out the door and over the fence yourself I've long been amazed and deeply inspired by Ken's writing wilderness ethic and general approach to life so if you haven't heard of him or his work yet you're in for a treat—I highly recommend starting here and now

  9. says:

    Interesting idea here that we should be able to walk on anyone's private property I can't imagine it happening and to be honest I don't really want the neighbors in the back yard I had no idea British and Scandinavian countries had a right to roam meaning that within certain restrictions people can walk wherever they want including private property Also depending on where they can camp make fires fish and hunt on other people's private property This book proposes similar laws for the US pointing out that earlier in our history that's or less how things worked here as well But nowadays things have changed and anywhere you go you're likely to find No Trespassing signs on most open landBack before we had kids my husband and I used to go camping in lots of places that were not strictly speaking campgrounds We used to buy history books and topographical maps and go out looking for old ghost towns in California Nevada and Oregon Some of the places we camped may have been public lands other places may have been private Whatever they were nobody ever came aroundOther people came to these places too Lots of weekend guys would bring booze and guns ride their trucks wherever they'd fit build open fires let their dogs run all over the place shoot at cans and birds and whatever There were prospectors living up there too and just plain homeless people Most of the unofficial campsites we used were already there; we'd park the VW by their fire pit find the garbage they left behind etc One time I spent a good part of our stay at Red Dog reading the diary this one prospector left behind; he was living there because his girlfriend kicked him out We also ran across his gold panning euipment including a home made sluice but left all that in place for himThe point being that people pretty much go wherever they want anyway Yeah there are No Trespassing signs up but the guys who go out to the country on Friday night with a twelve pack and a gun don't pay attention to those signs anyway If I were an owner of that land I would not particularly want a bunch of drunks with guns lighting fires on my land and taking potshots at the birds So a Right to Roam law would not sound like something in my favor The book argues that having people walking around on such lands would have some policing effect But in the US how many people would actually take advantage of such a law? I can walk all day in the parks we currently have and hardly see anyoneIlgunas makes a good case that Right to Roam laws have worked well in small European countries I just have a hard time picturing what it would look like here City people like me might vote to give ourselves the right to roam around the countryside though in the US this doesn't seem to be a very motivated contingent But the main problem is why would country landowners vote to allow people on their land? It seems to me like the people who own the land have little motivation to share especially if their experience has so far been bad And I don't really blame them

  10. says:

    This book is a beautiful discussion on The Right to Roam and its significanceFrom a literary view this book holds true to the nonfiction genre by being thoroughly researched very informative and entertaining to read Ilgunas writes passionately about a subject he clearly cares deeply for while remaining objective and avoiding extrapolation from the data referenced in the bookWhile I appreciate when someone identifies a problem that needs to be corrected I simply love it when they also come prepared with a solution Ilgunas opens with a discussion of a problem the history significance and expresses a desire to change the current institutions in place causing the problem But this is not the end he continues by explaining why this subject is important to everyone and I do mean everyone regardless of race religion or country of origin and examples of how this has been established in other places in the world and backs this up with an incredible amount of research dataThis book came about as an addition to an article Ilgunas wrote previously in which people were able to comment on his essay While the majority were supportive there were several who disagreed and raised concerns Instead of disregarding these issues Ilgunas addresses them individually with examples from other countries with some version of a Right to Roam legislation and dispels commonly held beliefs with actual data research current legislation and practical examplesEnjoyable to read informative objective and passionate I cannot recommend this book highly enough

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