Human Geography

America's Public Lands: From Yellowstone to Smokey Bear and by Randall K. Wilson

By Randall K. Wilson

How is it that the United States—the nation that cherishes the correct of personal estate greater than the other within the world—has selected to put aside approximately one-third of its territory as public lands? contemplating this interesting query, Randall okay. Wilson lines the often-forgotten rules of nature that experience formed the evolution of America’s public land approach. the result's a clean and probing account of the main urgent coverage and administration demanding situations dealing with nationwide parks, forests, rangelands, and flora and fauna refuges today.

The writer explores the dramatic tale of the origins of the general public area, together with the century-long push towards privatization and the next emergence of a countrywide conservation excellent. Arguing that we can't totally comprehend one kind of public land with no realizing its relation to the remainder of the method, he presents in-depth money owed of the different sorts of public lands. together with chapters on nationwide parks, nationwide forests, flora and fauna refuges, Bureau of Land administration lands, and desert parts, Wilson examines key turning issues and significant coverage debates for every land kind. He considers questions of bison and elk administration and up to date disputes over fireplace coverage, roadless parts, mining claims, and grazing charges. This accomplished assessment bargains an opportunity to reconsider our courting with America’s public lands, together with what it says in regards to the means we relate to, and cost, nature within the United States.

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