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Preserving Nature in the National Parks: A History

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This book traces the epic clash of values between traditional scenery-and-tourism management and emerging ecological concepts in the national parks, Americas most treasured landscapes. It spans the period from the creation of Yellowstone National Park in 1872 to near the present, analyzing the management of fires, predators, elk, bear, and other natural phenomena in parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Great Smoky Mountains.

Based largely on original documents never before researched, this is the most thorough history of the national parks ever written. Focusing on the decades after the National Park Service was established in 1916, the author reveals the dynamics of policy formulation and change, as landscape architects, foresters, wildlife biologists, and other Park Service professionals contended for dominance and shaped the attitudes and culture of the Service. The book provides a fresh look at the national parks and an analysis of why the Service has not responded in full faith to the environmental concerns of recent times.

Richard West Sellars, a historian with the National Park Service, has become uniquely familiar with the history, culture, and dynamics of the Service—including its biases, internal alliances and rivalries, self-image, folklore, and rhetoric. The book will prove indispensable for environmental and governmental specialists and for general readers seeking an in-depth analysis of one of Americas most admired federal bureaus.

Book News Annotation:

A historian with the National Park Service traces the clash of values between traditional scenery management for tourists and environmental concerns from the creation of Yellowstone National Parks in 1872 to the present. Drawing largely on original documents, he analyzes the management of fires, predators, elk, bear, and other natural phenomena in such parks as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite Valley, the Teton Mountains, and of course Yellowstone itself.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This book traces the epic clash of values between traditional scenery-and-tourism management and emerging ecological concepts in the national parks, America's most treasured landscapes. It spans the period from the creation of Yellowstone National Park in 1872 to near the present, analyzing the management of fires, predators, elk, bear, and other natural phenomena in parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Great Smoky Mountains.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 293-360) and index.

About the Author

Richard W. Sellars is a historian with the National Park Service, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Table of Contents

ch. 1. Creating tradition: the roots of national park management — ch. 2. Codifying tradition: the national park service act of 1916 — ch. 3. Perpetuating tradition: the national parks under Stephen T. Mather, 1916-1929 — ch. 4. The rise and decline of ecological attitudes, 1929-1940 — ch. 5. The war and postwar years, 1940-1963 — ch. 6. Science and the struggle for bureaucratic power: the Leopold era 1963-1981 — ch. 7. A house divided: the national park service and environmental leadership.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300069310
Subtitle:
A History; With a New Preface and Epilogue
Author:
Sellars, Richard West
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Location:
New Haven :
Subject:
Management
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
National parks and reserves
Subject:
Natural Resources
Subject:
Nature conservation
Subject:
Natural resources -- United States -- Management -- History.
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
General science
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
97-8
Publication Date:
20091001
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 b/w in 16-page gallery
Pages:
440
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1.70 lb

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Preserving Nature in the National Parks: A History
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"Synopsis" by , This book traces the epic clash of values between traditional scenery-and-tourism management and emerging ecological concepts in the national parks, America's most treasured landscapes. It spans the period from the creation of Yellowstone National Park in 1872 to near the present, analyzing the management of fires, predators, elk, bear, and other natural phenomena in parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Great Smoky Mountains.
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