Visions upon the Land: Man and Nature on the Western Range

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<p>Applies the ideas of democracy and free markets to the management of Western rangelands.
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Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. 1992 Hardcover First Edition New in New jacket In Mylar cover. "Karl Hess, Jr., a leading thinker on western environmental issues, applies the concepts ... of laissez-faire politics to the management of western rangelands. He looks at how the history of the American West has been shaped by people's visions of the land as it should be, rather than as it is, and proposes a radical new system for the management of western public lands." Read more Show Less

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<p>Applies the ideas of democracy and free markets to the management of Western rangelands.
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Virginia Dwyer
A regular contender in the ongoing argument over western public lands use, Hess offers here a referenced history and analysis of the surface land issues. He contends that government policy, prompted by flawed national visions, has failed. He criticizes the Jeffersonian vision of yeoman farming as environmentally impossible in the arid West, and excoriates progressive reform for perpetuating ecological disaster under heavy-handed bureaucracy. His perspective is that of a deep ecologist, but he counters this with a proposal to divest the government of all land and to credit individuals with land shares. Fanciful, but Hess makes a number of points here. His argument only touches the crucial water question, but does illuminate the morass of other precedents and expectations with which all parties contend. Helpful in identifying issues and positions. Reference list.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559631839
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Levi's Ridge 1
Pt. I The Western Range
Ch. 1 Window to the Western Range 9
The Public Grazing Lands 10
A Land Despoiled 14
The Common Denominator 18
Ch. 2 Like a City upon a Hill 24
Visions 25
Of Soul and Soil 30
Choice and Consequence 33
Ch. 3 Visions upon the Land 36
The Natural Link 38
Ecology of Visions 44
Landscape Visions on the Western Range 50
Pt. II The Landscape Visions
Ch. 4 Jefferson's Legacy 55
Chaos on the Open Range 56
A Question of the Commons 61
Origins of the Agrarian Vision 64
Vision, Policy, and Environmental Harm 66
Beyond the Tragedy of the Commons 69
Ch. 5 Progressivism's Response 73
Coping with the Open Range: An Overview, 1891-1934 75
The Progressive Vision 76
Essentials of Visionary Reform 78
Redefining Democracy 79
Ch. 6 The Grassland Experiment 82
Boom and Bust on the Great Plains 84
New Deal Directions 86
National Grasslands in Transition 89
A Different Path: The Nebraska Sandhills 93
Ch. 7 Technocracy and Empire 97
The Bureaucratic Imperative for Control 99
Building a Grazing Bureaucracy: The BLM 104
Building a Grazing Bureaucracy: The Forest Service 108
Testaments to Technocracy 114
Ch. 8 The Visionary Harvest 121
Forging a New Commons 124
Owning Numbers, Not Land 125
What the Range Can Bear 129
Divvying Up the Western Range 132
The Commons in Place 139
Ch. 9 Demise of Stewardship 140
Layers of Disincentives 142
Mandate for Grazing Management 143
Vanishing Roles and Incentives: The Plight of Caring 150
Reflections of the Failed Commons 155
Rise of the Welfare Rancher and the Triumph of Mediocrity 163
Ch. 10 Cleansing the Land 171
Rumblings of Dissent 173
Breaking New Ground 176
Prophets of Purification 182
Closing Eden's Door 188
Coming Full Circle 194
Pt. III The Promise of Many Visions
Ch. 11 Limits of the Visionary State 199
The Environmental Welfare State 201
Using and Abusing the Land 206
Man and Nature on the Western Range 210
Ch. 12 A Market of Landscape Visions 215
Ecology, Markets, and Landscape Visions 217
Diversity, Process, and Environmental Gain 223
Democratization of the Western Range 231
Conclusion: The Ecology of Freedom 242
Notes 249
Index 273
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