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The promise of wilderness : American environmental politics since 1964

Author: James Morton Turner
Publisher: Seattle, Wash : University of Washington, ©2012.
Series: Weyerhaeuser environmental book.
Edition/Format:   book_printbook : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"From Denali's majestic slopes to the Great Swamp of central New Jersey, protected wilderness areas make up nearly 20 percent of the parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and other public lands that cover a full fourth of the nation's territory. But wilderness is not only a place. It is also one of the most powerful and troublesome ideas in American environmental thought, representing everything from sublime beauty and
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Genre/Form: History
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Turner, James Morton, 1973-
Promise of wilderness
Seattle, Wash. : University of Washington, ©2012
[electronic resource].
(OCoLC)802928948
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Morton Turner
ISBN: 9780295991757 0295991755 9780295993300 0295993308
OCLC Number: 764325232
Description: xviii, 520 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part 1. Wilderness and the origins of modern environmentalism, 1964-1976. Why a wilderness act? ; Speaking for wilderness ; The popular politics of wilderness ; New environmental tools for an old conservation issue --
Part 2. The polarization of American environmental politics, 1977-1994. Alaska : "The last chance to do it right the first time" ; National forests : the polarization of environmental politics ; The public domain : environmental politics and the rise of the new right --
Part 3. Wilderness and a new agenda for the public lands, 1987-2009. From wilderness to public lands reform ; The new prophets of wilderness ; The paths to public lands reform --
Epilogue : Rebuilding the wilderness movement.
Series Title: Weyerhaeuser environmental book.
Responsibility: James Morton Turner ; foreword by William Cronon.
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