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Coastal SagePeter Douglas and the Fight to Save California's Shore$
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Thomas J. Osborne

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520283084

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520283084.001.0001

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Footprints in Sand

Footprints in Sand

Peter Douglas’s Legacy

(p.147) Seven Footprints in Sand
Coastal Sage

Thomas J. Osborne

University of California Press

News of Douglas’s death triggered a plethora of newspaper obituaries and other valedictory pronouncements from the California legislature and Congress. Most of these hailed his leadership; some compared him to John Muir. During a 34-year career with the Coastal Commission Douglas witnessed an overall severe cut in the agency’s funding and staffing; still, development had been checked and regulated while California registered the nation’s largest coastal economy, proving that effective regulation and economic growth could be compatible. Moreover, beach access had been increased substantially. Though Peter Douglas’s achievements for the coast have been singular and might land him in the pantheon of California’s greatest environmentalists, more time will have to transpire before history hands us its verdict on his legacy.

Keywords:   John Muir, Coastal Commission, coastal economy, beach access, Peter Douglas’s legacy

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