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Overview

<p>In Crossing the Next Meridian, Charles F. Wilkinson, an expert on federal public lands, Native American issues, and the West's arcane water laws explains some of the core problems facing the American West now and in the years to come. He examines the outmoded ideas that pervade land use and resource allocation and argues that significant reform of Western law is needed to combat desertification and environmental decline, and to heal splintered communities.<p>Interweaving legal history with examples of preset-day consequences of the laws, both intended and unintended, Wilkinson traces the origins and development of the laws and regulations that govern mining, ranching, forestry, and water use. He relates stories of Westerners who face these issues on a day-to-day basis, and discusses what can and should be done to bring government policies in line with the reality of twentieth-century American life.
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Wallace Stegner

"I know of no book about the structure, attitudes, history, and future of Western Society that does so much, so clearly, and so fairly, as this one."
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Legal scholar, environmentalist and author of The Eagle Bird, Wilkinson explicates basic environmental issues being faced in the American West. Natural resources, he contends, are controlled by laws, policies and regulations that, formed in the 19th century, do not embrace today's economic trends, scientific knowledge and social values. Wilkinson cites five particular areas requiring reform: the Hardrock Mining Law (1872), public rangelands, forest lands, dams and energy development. Reviewing the history and practice of Western laws and regulations, he describes their practice in specific cases today and discusses possible solutions. Wilkinson advocates that the West give up its reliance on extractive industries and pursue instead the promise of an economy based on recreation and tourism. This important study should be read by lawmakers at every level of government. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559631495
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles F. Wilkinson is Professor of Law at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and is a well-known and respected authority on the Forest Service.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Lords of Yesterday 3
2 The Miner's Law 28
3 The Rancher's Code 75
4 Forests for the Home-Builder First of All 114
5 "The River Was Crouded with Salmon" 175
6 Harvesting the April Rivers 219
7 Crossing the Next Meridian 293
Notes 307
Acknowledgments 363
Index 367
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