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Encyclopedia of American National Parks

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Encompassing more than 370 diverse areas - including vast tracts of wilderness, spectacular scenery and habitat, historic places, and urban parks - the U.S. National Park System is the envy of the world. This exhaustive illustrated Encyclopedia is the most comprehensive look at the history and development of the park system ever published. Noted environmental scholar Hal Rothman and Sara Dant Ewert explore the history, issues, and legacy of the National Park System, beginning with the passage of the Antiquities ...

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Encompassing more than 370 diverse areas - including vast tracts of wilderness, spectacular scenery and habitat, historic places, and urban parks - the U.S. National Park System is the envy of the world. This exhaustive illustrated Encyclopedia is the most comprehensive look at the history and development of the park system ever published. Noted environmental scholar Hal Rothman and Sara Dant Ewert explore the history, issues, and legacy of the National Park System, beginning with the passage of the Antiquities Act of 1906 right up to the twenty-first century. An introductory essay details the history of the National Park System and wilderness preservation organizers; biographies examine the most influential historical figures and personalities who shaped and influenced the park system; and A-to-Z entries provide in-depth information on the history of more than 350 national parks, historic sites, monuments, battlefields, recreation areas, parklands, memorials, trails, and preserves. Entries provide detailed accounts of each park area's founding and history and also cover issues surrounding park use and environmental management. Each entry also includes acreage, date established, contact information, location and events, Website address, and further reading lists.

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There are numerous directories and travel guides devoted to the U.S. National Park System, but none is as comprehensive as this title. Rothman (Univ. of Nevada) and Ewert (Weber State Univ.) have both published extensively on U.S. environmental history. In this set, they provide more than 350 entries on parks, historic sites, monuments, battlefields, recreation areas, parklands, memorials, trails, and preserves. Only parks that are directly administered by the National Parks System are covered. Volume 1 contains an excellent overview and history of the park system and both volumes include regional maps marking the location of each site. The entries average two pages in length and begin with location, size, and date established, followed by a description of the site and the park's history, from the earliest known inhabitants to the present. Entries are simply yet engagingly written and quite informative despite their brevity. Bottom Line For libraries seeking an exhaustive listing of all areas administered by the National Park Service, a title such as Parks Directory of the United States is preferable. For libraries that want tourist-oriented descriptions of selected sites and their amenities, glossy works such as The Sierra Club Guides to the National Parks series serve better. But for public and university libraries seeking informative, concise material on the subject, this is a good choice.-Nadine Cohen-Baker, Univ. of Georgia Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780765680570
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/30/2004
  • Pages: 700

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