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To conserve unimpaired : the evolution of the national park idea

Author: Robert B Keiter
Publisher: Washington, DC : Island Press, [2013]
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When the national park system was first established in 1916, the goal "to conserve unimpaired" seemed straightforward. But Robert Keiter argues that parks have always served a variety of competing purposes, from wildlife protection and scientific discovery to tourism and commercial development. In this trenchant analysis, he explains how parks must be managed more effectively to meet increasing demands in the face  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Keiter, Robert B., 1946-
To conserve unimpaired.
Washington, DC : Island Press, [2013]
(DLC) 2012041661
(OCoLC)818318188
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert B Keiter
ISBN: 9781610912167 1610912160
OCLC Number: 846494902
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 343 p.)
Contents: What is a national park? --
"Nature's cathedral": a wilderness sanctuary --
"A pleasuring ground": tourism in the wild --
"The nation's playground": recreating in paradise --
"A commercial commodity": putting nature on sale --
"Ancestral lands": nature, culture, and justice --
"Nature's laboratory": experimentation and education --
"Fountains of life": an (imperfect) wildlife reserve --
"A vital core": ecosystem scale conservation --
"Growing the system": new parks and new strategies --
Nature conservation in a changing world.
Responsibility: Robert B. Keiter.

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