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From Conquest To Conservation : Our Public Lands Legacy (03 Edition)


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From Conquest to Conservation is a visionary new work from three of the nation's most knowledgeable experts on public lands. As chief of the Forest Service, Mike Dombeck became a lightning rod for public debate over issues such as the management of old-growth forests and protecting roadless areas. Dombeck also directed the Bureau of Land Management from 1994 to 1997 and is the only person ever to have led the two largest land management agencies in the United States. Chris Wood and Jack Williams have similarly spent their careers working to steward public resources, and the authors bring unparalleled insight into the challenges facing public lands and how those challenges can be met.<P>Here, they examine the history of public lands in the United States and consider the most pressing environmental and social problems facing public lands. Drawing heavily on fellow Forest Service employee Aldo Leopold's land ethic, they offer specific suggestions for new directions in policy and management that can help maintain and restore the health, diversity, and productivity of public land and water resources, both now and into the future.<P> Also featured are lyrical and heartfelt essays from leading writers, thinkers, and scientists-- including Bruce Babbitt, Rick Bass, Patricia Nelson Limerick, and Gaylord Nelson--about the importance of public lands and the threats to them, along with original drawings by William Millonig.<BR>

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Three natural resource managers provide a history of public lands in the United States while considering current environmental and social problems. The book recommends policy and management directions and encourages readers to get involved in public lands stewardship. The chapters offer contributions from writers and scientists such as Bruce Battitt, Rick Bass, and Patricia Nelson Limerick. The topics include land health and broad-scale declines in forest and rangeland; the public and private land connection, and river and stream health; and our search for sustainability. The book includes several black and white charts and maps. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-207) and index.

About the Author

Mike Dombeck is Pioneer Professor of Global Environmental Management at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, and University of Wisconsin System Fellow for Global Conservation.

Chris Wood is vice president for conservation and watershed programs for Trout Unlimited in Arlington, Virginia.

Jack Williams is senior fellow at the AuCoin Institute for Ecological, Economic, and Civic Studies at Southern Oregon University in Ashland.

Table of Contents


Foreword by Charles Wilkinson



Chapter 1. All the People's Land: The Wealth of the Nation Public Lands: An American Birthright


Chapter 2. Controversy Comes to the Public Lands Birds and Battlefields and Humor: Things Could Be a Lot Worse


Chapter 3. Land Health: Broad-Scale Declines in Forest and Rangeland Conditions

-Radical Changes in a Sagebrush

-Landscape: The Role of Exotic Cheatgrass in Disrupting a System


Chapter 4. River and Stream Health: The Public/Private Land Connection

-Rivers: Lifelines of the Land


Chapter 5. Roadless Areas: The Last Wild Places

-A Dream for Healing the Kootenai

-The Heart of the West: BLM's National Landscape Conservation System


Chapter 6. Restoration: Healing the Land and Healing Ourselves

-The Once and Future Land Ethic


Chapter 7. Living withing Limits: Our Search for Sustainability

-Reforestation: Recognizing the Ties that Bind


Chapter 8. The Upshot: Conservation Challenges for a New Century

-Bringing People and Conservation Together: The Future Constituency for Public Lands

-Enduring Values of Our Public Lands: Peace, Wildness, and Beauty



About the Authors


Product Details

Dombeck, Michael P.
Island Press
Wood, Christopher A.
Dombeck, Mike
Williams, Jack E.
Naden, Corinne J.
Dombeck, Michael P.
Wood, Chris
Washington, DC
Nature conservation
Public Policy
Conservation of natural resources
Sustainable Development
Public lands
Land use, Rural
Real Estate - General
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Public Policy - General
Nature conservation -- United States -- History.
Business; Real Estate
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Edition Description:
Series Volume:
no. 114, summer 2001
Publication Date:
February 2003
9 x 6 in

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