Randall Wilson traces the often-forgotten ideas of nature that have shaped the evolution of America's public land system. The result is a fresh, compelling, and comprehensive account of the most pressing policy and management challenges facing national parks, forests, rangelands, and wildlife refuges today.
Introduction: Why Public Lands? Part I: Origins of the Public Domain Chapter 1: Building the National Commons Chapter 2: Disposing of the Public Domain: From Commons to Commodity Chapter 3: A Public Land System Emerges Part II: America's Public Land System Chapter 4: National Parks Chapter 5: National Forests Chapter 6: National Wildlife Refuges Chapter 7: Bureau of Land Management Lands Chapter 8: National Wilderness Preservation System: Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Scenic Trails Chapter 9: Parting Thoughts Appendix A: Major U.S. Public Land Laws and Other Key Turning Points Appendix B: Units within the National Park System Bibliography
This book is a treasure for those looking for a thoughtful and efficient introduction to the history of our nation's public lands. Wilson successfully captures the drama of this still-unfolding story and challenges us to engage with the incredible legacy that public lands represent as well as the innate difficulties that come along with managing and protecting these areas.
Randall K. Wilson holds the Thompson Chair of Environmental Studies at Gettysburg College.