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Pete Gunter, Ph.D.

Region: Crosstimbers

Topics: Forestry, Clearcutting, Piney Woods, Big Thicket, Ethics, Education


Dr. Gunter is a professor of philosophy at the University of North Texas in Denton, where he teaches courses in environmental ethics and other topics. He is an accomplished author, having written The Big Thicket: A Challenge for Conservation, Texas Land Ethics, and a variety of other pieces, including fiction, philosophical monographs, and book reviews. He is also noted for his singing and songwriting, as recorded on "The Last Big Thicket Blues" and "Chicken Fried Escargot". Finally, he is well known for his contributions to federal efforts to set aside the Big Thicket Natural Preserve, an area of great biodiversity and beauty.



January 18, 1998
Denton, Texas
Reel 1016 


Please see a brief Real Media video excerpt from our interview with Mr. Gunter, one about private forest management, or another, a satirical song called the "Texas Water Plan Calypso".

Several audio files are posted here containing Mr. Gunter's songs, including Archer's Lament and The Ditch Song.

Please see the video (reel 1016) or transcript of Mr. Gunter's full interview.






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