The American Wilderness and Its Future: Conservation Versus Use

The American Wilderness and Its Future: Conservation Versus Use

by Edward F. Dolan
     
 

What fate awaits America's open lands? This book focuses on the debate between conservationists, who favor limited types of public and private usage of wilderness lands, and multiple-use supporters, who want to see the lands made available for a variety of commercial activities. See more details below

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What fate awaits America's open lands? This book focuses on the debate between conservationists, who favor limited types of public and private usage of wilderness lands, and multiple-use supporters, who want to see the lands made available for a variety of commercial activities.

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Gr 6-9-- A comprehensive, well-balanced treatise that covers the history of many areas, but its strong point is the emphasis on conservation philosophy and the inclusion of opposing viewpoints. Dolan examines the national park and forest systems and what can be done to solve overcrowding, vandalism and theft, acid rain, and polluted waterways. He also addresses the issues of clear-cutting of old-growth forests, the greenhouse effect, the Libby Agreement, and protecting the Northern Spotted Owl. Double-page maps show the national forests and park lands. A diagram illustrating the formation of acid rain is superimposed over an outline of the northeastern United States, which might lead to the mistaken conclusion that the problem is restricted to that area. Glossy black-and-white photos are lumped into a center section and vary in quality. Those of historical figures, though static, are well reproduced; the nature shots are also good, but would have been more effective in color. For younger students, the ``Environmental America'' series (Millbrook) has a more attractive format. Gallant's Earth's Vanishing Forests (Macmillan, 1991), while less comprehensive, is excellent. Also, Pringle's Restoring Our Earth (Enslow, 1987) and What Shall We Do with the Land? (Crowell, 1981) have better formats. Stewart's What's a Wilderness Worth? (Dillon, 1979; o.p.) is also useful. Dolan's thorough discussion and complete source notes and bibliography make this title especially useful for students doing reports or for in-depth reading. --Susannah Price, Boise Public Library, ID

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531110621
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
03/01/1992
Pages:
128
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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