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America's Public Lands: From Yellowstone to Smokey Bear and Beyond

by Randall K. Wilson Rowman and Littlefield
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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

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.