Ruin and Recovery

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Ruin and Recovery tells the story of Michigan's cycles of resource exploitation and conservation from the early days of statehood in 1837 to the present day. Drawing from a large number of resources, including archival records and reminiscences, official documents and individual interviews, Ruin and Recovery charts the development of a conservation ethic in Michigan and chronicles the major battles for environmental protection since the late 1800s.
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Ruin and Recovery tells the story of Michigan's cycles of resource exploitation and conservation from the early days of statehood in 1837 to the present day. Drawing from a large number of resources, including archival records and reminiscences, official documents and individual interviews, Ruin and Recovery charts the development of a conservation ethic in Michigan and chronicles the major battles for environmental protection since the late 1800s.
Michigan has faced two turning points in its conservation history. One came at the end of the nineteenth century when its logging era ended, only to be followed by raging forest fires that left millions of acres of land denuded. Ruin and Recovery's discussion of this first turning point is from historical records and the later recollections of survivors of the ruinous 1908 Metz forest fire in northeastern Lower Michigan. The second turning point came in the late 1960s, when water and air pollution prompted public outrage. This controversy is brought to life through interviews with local residents, scientists, and agency officials who observed the Kalamazoo River to be the most polluted in Michigan. Both turning points set the stage for the historic eras of rebuilding that followed.
Dave Dempsey is Policy Director of the Michigan Environmental Council, a statewide environmental coalition.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780472097791
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 1
1 A Delightful Prospect 11
2 Exploiting Inexhaustible Resources 19
3 The Dawn of Michigan Conservation: Sportsmen Lead the Way 37
4 Renewing the Forests 49
5 The Public Health Roots of Environmental Protection 65
6 The Crusade to Free Conservation from Politics 74
7 The Lady of the Parks 91
8 The Builders 108
9 Forced to be First: Banning the "Hard Pesticides" 124
10 Reclaiming the Tainted Wonderland 139
11 The Age of Action 162
12 Saving Places 194
13 Chemical Wastelands 220
14 The Heart of an Ecosystem 245
15 The Third Wave 263
Epilogue 283
Notes 305
Index 329
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