The Great Experiment in Conservation: Voices from the Adirondack Park

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Editorial Reviews

[E]ngaging and clearly written by people who are passionate about what is at stake.
“a compelling portrait of Adirondack Park as the epitome of the American conservation ethic at the turn of the twentieth century”
Adirondack Explorer
One of the most powerful impressions left by the authors of The Great Experiment is just how fragile, complex, and improbable the Adirondack enterprise has been. After more than a century of bickering, tinkering, innovation, and compromise, the Park remains a "cauldron" bubbling with questions about stewardship and conservation.
New York State's Adirondack Park (six million acres) is the largest American park south of Alaska, though only 42 percent of the land is state-owned. This thick collection of essays explores the public-private relationship that has determined its fate since its founding in 1894. More than three dozen authors of diverse backgrounds and interests-academic, political and communal-provide assessments of this experiment in both conservation and democracy. Highly Recommended.
SEVEN DAYS Vermonts Independent Voice
aptures the century and a half of colorful history and vigorous debate surrounding the 6-million-acre swath of upstate New York . . . . At 600 pages, the collection of essays looks like a scholarly tome. But deft organization and well-written intros to each major section make it remarkably readable. The Great Experiment tells the fascinating and important story of the park, which is large enough to fit Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier and Great Smoky Mountains national parks within its borders. The book's thesis: The Adirondack region is "America's cauldron of conservation," the incubator of ideas and practices central to the country's unique wilderness ethic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815632313
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 770,834
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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