The Adirondack Atlas: A Geographic Portrait of the Adirondack Park / Edition 1

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"The Adirondack Atlas offers a detailed geographic portrait of the largest protected area in the contiguous United States and the largest region of protected temperate forests in the world. Complete with 450 full-color maps and 250 figures, graphs, tables, charts, and scientific drawings - this volume covers 130 topics on the six-million-acre Adirondack Park." "The Park has a complex history. It is one of the only parks in the world to combine large wilderness areas with extensive private lands and a substantial residential population. Jerry Jenkins explores this connection between the wild and human communities within a protected landscape. As he maps out the diverse and ever-changing environment - the recreational growth, conflicts between users, development, pollution, and climate change - he highlights elements that threaten to alter the Park and undo the protection it now enjoys." Jenkins includes old stories of fur routes and battles, log drives and Shea engines; new stories about school taxes and education, conservation easements and local economies, artistic ferment and social ills, about healthy towns, dying trees, and deer harvests. As a resource the Atlas captures the full scope of the park's topographic, hydrographic, and ecological history for a wide audience of geographers, historians, and Adirondack enthusiasts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815607571
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 699,166
  • Product dimensions: 9.04 (w) x 11.66 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    A Scholarly Geographic Portrait of the Adirondacks

    My interest in the environment and USA conservation history caused me to buy this atlas. The areas covered are informative with maps. Whether one agrees or not with some of the conclusions, or the way some of the studies were conducted does not seem to make a difference, as the atlas reveals much of what is of concern to conservationists. It can also serve as a model of how to create an atlas based on conervation studies, and the sort of studies that can help conservationists, or what is of interest to conservationists. What also makes the atlas interesting is that it has some 17th Century historical information in it.

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