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Preserving Nature in the National Parks: A History

by Richard West Sellars

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For someone not in a federal land management agency, this book would become boring very fast - maybe even so for those in the agencies as well. The subject is for those who really want to know the history of conservation in the National Park Service, how the concept of protecting natural resources in parks dedicated to cultural resources emerged within the agency. ( )
  rcalbright | Sep 6, 2017 |
Such a neutral title for a book that narrates the struggle of the National Park Service to come to grips with changing American values and a desire to "meet the people's needs"! Sellars is a NPS historian, and filled the last 100 pages with notes to the various documents referenced in writing this history. Politics, funding, science, and the shift from eradicating wolves to bring them back to Yellowstone, the struggle is not a straight line. ( )
  Lace-Structures | Jun 6, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0300075782, Paperback)

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 park 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 America's most admired federal bureaus.

"A major contribution to the history of a controversial and timely topic". -- Robert M. Utley, former Chief Historian of the National Park Service and author of many books on the American West

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"Earlier versions of portions of this book have appeared in the Washington Post, Wilderness, Journal of forestry, Montana The Magazine of Western History, and the George Wright forum."-T.p. verso.This book traces the 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. -Back cover.… (more)

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2 editions of this book were published by Yale University Press.

Editions: 0300075782, 0300154143

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