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The Adirondacks : a history of America's first wilderness

Author: Paul Schneider
Publisher: New York : H. Holt and Co., 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Owl Books editionView all editions and formats
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"To sharpen his eye for the land's wild treasures, Paul Schneider traveled with naturalists, foresters, trappers, anglers, and climbers. His vivid stories are about human and natural history, with especial attention given to the Adirondacks' forested slopes, high peaks, and thirty thousand miles of rivers and lakes. At the book's center is the heartening saga of replenishment. Since the "forever wild" amendment to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Schneider
ISBN: 0805059903 9780805059908
OCLC Number: 39795623
Notes: "A John Macrae/Owl book."
Description: xiii, 368 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: The trapline --
Mohawks and missionaries --
Dances of war --
The price of otter in China --
The end of an era --
Squaries and speculators --
Love and sweat --
Death of a zealot --
A farewell to farms --
In the township of industry --
The state of science --
The mother lode --
The trap dike --
The romantics' arrival --
At play in the great longhouse --
Nowhere like this --
Feller-Buncher --Logs! --
Forever wild --
Death and taxes --
Birth of a great camp --
Haute rustic --
The collector --
A Home in the Woods --
The long good fight --
Wild bureaucrats --
The global park --
Wild trout.
Responsibility: Paul Schneider.

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"To sharpen his eye for the land's wild treasures, Paul Schneider traveled with naturalists, foresters, trappers, anglers, and climbers. His vivid stories are about human and natural history, with especial attention given to the Adirondacks' forested slopes, high peaks, and thirty thousand miles of rivers and lakes. At the book's center is the heartening saga of replenishment. Since the "forever wild" amendment to the New York Constitution was enacted in 1894, a park of public and private holdings - larger than either Massachusetts or New Jersey - was created to protect what remained of a land decimated by loggers. Within a hundred years almost every species of wildlife has returned to inhabit millions of acres of replenished forests and freshwaters. And as we turn into the twenty-first century, we come to realize why many Americans will be traveling east, not west, to experience nature in the wild."--Jacket.

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