1. The program continues to this day; see: www.nacdnet.org/stewardship. Mueller's contribution is recorded in R. Neil Sampson, For Love of the Land: A History of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD, 1985) 94, 302.
2. Liberty Hyde Bailey, The Holy Earth (1915). Peter J. Schmidt, Back to Nature: The Arcadian Myth in Urban America (Oxford, 1969). A host of works trace the influence of Thoreau, Muir and other significant nature writers, but a classic in the field is Roderick Nash, Wilderness and the American Mind (Yale, 1967,1973).
3. Jens Jensen, Siftings (Seymour, 1939). Benton MacKaye, The New Exploration: A Philosophy of Regional Planning (Harcourt, Brace, 1928).
4. Joseph Sittler, "A Theology for Earth," The Christian Scholar 37:3 (1954) 367–74.
5. See pp. 41–82 in Symbiotic Community: E.W. Mueller's Approach to the Rural Social Crisis by Gilson Waldkoenig (UPA, 1996).
6. E.W. Mueller, The Lost Land: E.W. Mueller's Vision for the Development of the Regional Community, ed. by G. Waldkoenig (Tyrone, 1995). See pp. 32, 81–93, 116 for the references cited.
7. E.W. Mueller, "A Search for Quality Community," presidential address to the American Country Life Association in 1971, reprinted in The Lost Land, p. 99.
8. That claim is based on interviews of E.W. Mueller by the author of this article shortly before Mueller's death in 1993.
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Journal of Lutheran Ethics
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