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America's national parks and their keepers

Author: Ronald A Foresta; Resources for the Future.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Resources for the Future ; [Baltimore] : Distributed by Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1984.
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Foresta, Ronald A., 1944-
America's national parks and their keepers.
Washington, D.C. : Resources for the Future ; [Baltimore] : Distributed by Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1984
(OCoLC)643811632
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald A Foresta; Resources for the Future.
ISBN: 0915707020 9780915707027 0915707039 9780915707034
OCLC Number: 10301521
Description: xiv, 382 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: FOREWORD – ACKNOWLEDGMENTS --
1 INTRODUCTION --
Organization of the book --
Use of Interviews --
2 THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS --
The Beginnings --
Conservation and progressivism --
The public lands --
The Park Service is established --
Securing the base of support --
Threats to agency survival --
Enlisting allies --
Courting the public --
Formula for success --
Expanding the system --
Competition with the Forest Service --
Adding natural areas --
Other new responsibilities --
The accomplishments of Mather and Albright --
From Roosevelt to Kennedy --
The Park Service in the New Deal Era --
Policies under Drury --
Mission 66 --
Wirth and the first directors compared --
3 THE MODERN ERA --
The crisis of the early 1960s --
Loss of faith in progress --
Outdoor recreation "Crisis" --
The new conservation --
The erosion of outside support --
Environmental groups --
Elite support --
Congress and the National Parks --
The shifting balance of power --
New Congressional Interest in Parks --
Congressional Park politics --
The Park Service within the Executive branch --
Shifts in control --
Searching for new roles --
Internal tensions --
Shifts in authority --
Modern demands --
4 NATURE POLICY --
Pressure for change --
Great natural areas as the base of the system --
A new view of the Parks --
Demands for reduced public access --
New Park Service attitudes and policy --
Acceptance of environmentalist attitudes --
Management shifts --
New natural areas: selection criteria --
The consequences of change --
Converging agency and system functions --
A narrowed base of support --
The Fire Island compromise --
The fruits of accommodation --
5 HISTORY POLICY --
The breakdown of traditional policy --
History and the National Park System before 1972 --
The new concern for historic preservation --
Planning for history --
The 1972 Plan --
History and strategy --
The commitment to expansion --
The past in service of the present --
Outcomes of history policy --
The many uses of historical parks --
Slighting history --
An ambiguous attitude toward history --
6 URBAN NATIONAL PARKS --
Urban open space becomes a Federal issue --
The issue develops --
The Park System as an instrument of urban policy --
An urban national park system is established --
The political and conceptual contexts of the urban parks --
Preservation and mass access as park goals --
Local interests in urban parks --
The weakness of wider interests --
Developing the urban parks --
Conflicting guidelines --
Gateway National Recreation Area --
The other urban parks --
The consequences of limited success --
7 BEYOND PARK BOUNDARIES --
Background --
Early Agency policy --
Changing attitudes and interests --
New opportunities and demands --
Capturing regional policy --
Defending established parks --
Pursuing traditional goals --
Greenline Parks and less-than-fee --
Less-than-fee --
The Greenline Park --
Accumulating doubts --
Management difficulties --
Greenline Parks as inherently unstable or inappropriate --
Summary --
8 CONCLUSION --
Public values and agency goals --
Decay of the progressive vision --
Mixed signals.
Responsibility: Ronald A. Foresta.

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