Buying Nature: The Limits of Land Acquisition as a Conservation Strategy, 1780-2004

Buying Nature: The Limits of Land Acquisition as a Conservation Strategy, 1780-2004

by Sally K. Fairfax, Lauren Gwin, Mary Ann King, Leigh Raymond
     
 

Buying land to conserve it is not a recent phenomenon. Buying Nature chronicles the evolution of land acquisition as a conservation strategy in the United States since the late 1700s. It goes beyond the usual focus on conservation successes to provide a critical assessment of both public and private land acquisition efforts.The book shows that for more than 200

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Buying land to conserve it is not a recent phenomenon. Buying Nature chronicles the evolution of land acquisition as a conservation strategy in the United States since the late 1700s. It goes beyond the usual focus on conservation successes to provide a critical assessment of both public and private land acquisition efforts.The book shows that for more than 200 years, both private purchasers — such as the Nature Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land — and governmental agencies have acquired land for conservation. It documents trends of growing complexity in transactions and a blurring of public and private roles. The preservation of Mount Vernon and its grounds, for example, began with a private group — the Mount Vernon Ladies Association of the Union — and continues today with a mosaic of private, state, and federal actors. The current emphasis on private land trust acquisitions, the authors argue, may undercut other effective governmental efforts to preserve the environment and may not be the best way to meet conservation goals.Buying Nature emphasizes the accountability issues that arise when the line between public and private efforts is indistinct. The authors also pay unique attention to how federal land agencies' individual histories shape their participation in modern land acquisition transactions. An unusual mix of scholarship, the book combines political, legal and constitutional, and economic history with rich case studies of land conservation and quantitative analyses of acquisitions over time to provide a new and distinctive perspective on enduring questions of public policy and environmental protection.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262562102
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
08/01/2005
Series:
American and Comparative Environmental Policy
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
1,287,008
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Series Forewordix
Prefacexiii
List of Acronymsxvii
1Acquisition Myths and Realities1
2From the Confederated Congress Through the Civil War, 1780-186521
3Changing Expectations: From the Civil War to the Weeks Act, 1865-191141
4Between the Roosevelts, 1912-193275
5Conservation Land Acquisition During the Depression and World War II, 1933-1953103
6Roots of Change, 1953-1979133
7Mosaics in the Reagan Revolution171
8Megadeals and Management Mosaics in the 1990s203
9Conclusions245
Notes273
References299
Cases Cited329
Index331

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