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Our national park system : caring for America's greatest natural and historic treasures

Author: Dwight Fay Rettie
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the first comprehensive look at America's national park system, an insider's tour covering the system and the National Park Service, the agency responsible for its care. Dwight V. Rettie, former chief of the NPS policy development office, is uniquely qualified to address the state - the problems and the possibilities - of the system, which is comprised of millions of acres of land in more than 350 areas  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rettie, Dwight Fay, 1930-
Our national park system.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)623960926
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dwight Fay Rettie
ISBN: 0252021487 9780252021480
OCLC Number: 30809637
Description: xvi, 293 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / Stewart L. Udall --
1. The National Park System --
2. Typecasting the Parks --
3. Affiliated Areas --
4. The Crown Jewels --
5. Mar-A-Lago National Historic Site --
6. Planning for the National Park System --
7. The Institutional Setting --
8. The People Who Make the Difference --
9. The Money to Work With --
10. Other People's Money and Support --
11. Toward a New National Park System --
App. 1: Units of the National Park System --
App. 2: Areas Affiliated With the National Park System --
App. 3: Thematic Representation in the National Park System --
App. 4: Areas No Longer Part of the National Park System --
App. 5: Financial History of the National Park Service, 1916-95 --
App. 6: Comparative Resources of the National Park System --
App. 7: Sample Costs and Annual Visits --
App. 8: Systemwide Occupational Summary.
Responsibility: Dwight F. Rettie ; foreword by Stewart L. Udall.

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This is the first comprehensive look at America's national park system, an insider's tour covering the system and the National Park Service, the agency responsible for its care. Dwight V. Rettie, former chief of the NPS policy development office, is uniquely qualified to address the state - the problems and the possibilities - of the system, which is comprised of millions of acres of land in more than 350 areas around the nation, including national parks, historic sites, battlefields, and recreation areas. Rettie agrees, as many critics have claimed, that the system is in disarray; he proposes stronger management operations, clearer and more stringent measures of personnel performance, and training of park rangers in the scientific management and protection of resources.

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