In the summer of 1969, a federal district court in Denver, Colorado, heard arguments in one of the nation's first explicitly environmental cases, in which the Defenders of Florissant, Inc. opposed real estate interests intent on developing lands containing an extraordinary set of ancient fossils. This book, the first account of the fight to preserve the Florissant fossil beds, tells a story of environmental activism that remains little known more than forty years after the coalition's victory. The principal author, Estella Leopold, was a major participant in the process.
|Publisher:||University of New Mexico Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Paleobotanist Estella B. Leopold is professor emerita of biology at the University of Washington.
National Park Service paleontologist Herbert W. Meyer is the author of Fossils of Florissant.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Unearthing Wonders Herbert W. Meyer 1
Chapter 2 Geologic Book Burning or Preservation? Estella B. Leopold 17
Chapter 3 The Developers Want Florissant Estella B. Leopold 38
Chapter 4 Fossils Go to Court Estella B. Leopold 55
Chapter 5 Victory-in Court and in Congress Estella B. Leopold 65
Chapter 6 The National Park Service Steps In Herbert W. Meyer 79
Chapter 7 Beyond Florissant Estella B. Leopold John Stansfield 55
Appendix: An Epoch Sealed in Stone: A Guide to Florissant's Ancient Life and Fossils Herbert W. Meyer 105
Suggested Reading 127
Dramatis Personae 130
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