Through the years Brower has been active in creating national parks and seashores in Kings Canyon, the North Cascades, the Redwoods, Alaska, Cape Cod, Fire Island, and Point Reyes. He was also instrumental in keeping dams out of the Dinosaur National Monument, the Yukon, and the Grand Canyon. He advocates the creation of a National Biosphere Reserve System. Regarding expansion and the environment, Brower raises two questions: What kind of growth must we have, and what kind can we no longer afford?
In April 1995 Harper Collins released Let the Mountains Talk, Let the Rivers Run, a book about Brower's life and views on the global environmental crisis, cowritten by David Brower and Steve Chapple. His autobiography is in two volumes, and a video documentary about his life entitled For Earth's Sake (1995) has aired on PBS stations nationally. John McPhee's Encounters with the Archdruid (1971) is about Brower and three of his natural enemies.
Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in both 1978 and 1979, Brower's many honors include the John Muir Award and the Lewis Mumford Award. His lecture at CMC is sponsored by the Roberts Environmental Center.