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Coastal Sage: Peter Douglas and the Fight to Save California's Shore

Thomas J. Osborne


There are moments when we forget how fortunate we are to have the California coast. The state is home to 1,100 miles of uninterrupted coastline defined by long stretches of beach and jagged rocky cliffs. Coastal Sage chronicles the career and accomplishments of Peter Douglas, the longest-serving executive director of the California Coastal Commission. For nearly three decades, Douglas fought to keep the California coast public, prevent overdevelopment, and safeguard habitat. In doing so, Douglas emerged as a leading figure in the contemporary American environmental movement and influenced publ ... More

Keywords: Peter Douglas, Coastal Sage (Scrub), California coast, California, California Coastal Commission, conservation, shoreline management, California Coastal Act, overdevelopment, public access

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520283084
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520283084.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas J. Osborne, author
Santa Ana College