Wilderness in National Parks: Playground or Preserve

Wilderness in National Parks: Playground or Preserve

by John C. Miles

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ISBN-13: 9780295988757
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 04/01/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John C. Miles is professor of environmental studies at Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington.

Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroduction

1. Wilderness and the Origins of National Parks2. Wilderness and the New Agency3. Wilderness Becomes an Issue for the Park Service4. Preservation of the Primeval in the Post-Mather Era5. More Ferment and Expansion6. From the War to Director Wirth7. The Drive for a Wilderness Act8. A Hesitant Start at Implementation9. Wilderness Reviews Reluctantly Completed10. Wilderness in Alaska11. A New Sort of National Park Wilderness12. Park Wilderness after the Reviews13. The Work Continues

EpilogueNotesSourcesIndex

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The Western History Quarterly

Prior histories of wilderness policy have focused primarily on the National Forest Service, and this discussion of the NPS is needed.

Wildlife Activist

This is a great case study for those managing or studying how to balance political and resource needs when managing public lands.

From the Publisher

"Prior histories of wilderness policy have focused primarily on the National Forest Service, and this discussion of the NPS is needed."—The Western History Quarterly, The Western History Quarterly

"Wilderness in National Parks is an outstanding addition to the wilderness literature, an impeccably researched, well-argued work that provides important new perspectives on how the wilderness concept was conceived and incorporated by American national park administrators and bureaucrats in the 20th century."—International Journal of Wilderness, International Journal of Wilderness

"This is a remarkable book that fills an important niche in the literature on US national parks and the National Park Service (NPS). Miles effectively uses primary sources to document the conflict between promotion of the national parks and the erosion of wilderness due to increasing access and use of the parks as America became an auto culture. Highly recommended."—Choice, Choice

"This is a great case study for those managing or studying how to balance political and resource needs when managing public lands."—Wildlife Activist, Wildlife Activist

"Wilderness in National Parks is timely, original, ambitious, and comprehensive. It's a big book on a big subject."—William Dietrich, author of Natural Grace: The Charm, Wonder, and Lessons of Pacific Northwest Animals and Plants

"Wilderness in National Parks is an extensively researched chronological narrative of specific events driving the internal debate within the National Park Service about whether and how to treat the concept of wilderness in managing the national parks. I highly recommend the book."—Timothy Duane, University of California, Berkeley, and Vermont Law School

"John Miles's Wilderness in National Parks is a well—conceived treatment of the complicated relationship between the National Park Service and wilderness and all of its proponents. He hits the right themes and nicely negotiates the twists and turns of policy. This is a solid addition to the bookshelf of national park histories."—Hal Rothman, author of The New Urban Park: Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Civic Environmentalism

Timothy Duane

Wilderness in National Parks is an extensively researched chronological narrative of specific events driving the internal debate within the National Park Service about whether and how to treat the concept of wilderness in managing the national parks. I highly recommend the book.

International Journal of Wilderness

Wilderness in National Parks is an outstanding addition to the wilderness literature, an impeccably researched, well-argued work that provides important new perspectives on how the wilderness concept was conceived and incorporated by American national park administrators and bureaucrats in the 20th century.

Choice Choice

This is a remarkable book that fills an important niche in the literature on US national parks and the National Park Service (NPS). Miles effectively uses primary sources to document the conflict between promotion of the national parks and the erosion of wilderness due to increasing access and use of the parks as America became an auto culture. Highly recommended.

Hal Rothman

John Miles's Wilderness in National Parks is a well—conceived treatment of the complicated relationship between the National Park Service and wilderness and all of its proponents. He hits the right themes and nicely negotiates the twists and turns of policy. This is a solid addition to the bookshelf of national park histories.

William Dietrich

Wilderness in National Parks is timely, original, ambitious, and comprehensive. It's a big book on a big subject.

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MartyWA More than 1 year ago
Overall, a good book worth reading. I personally found John Miles to be too wordy for my taste. He repeats himself frquently throughout the book and could have probably shaved off one hundred pages. My other compliant is that he completely left out the influence of the railroads on the development of the first western National Parks. Perhaps this was on purpose however, I don't see how his discussion of the issue over access for the public versus preservation could be thorough without including the development pressure from the railroads. Beyond that, I learned much from the book and gained a better understanding of National Park management and the impact of politics on their efforts.