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By Randall K. Wilson

How is it that the United States—the kingdom that cherishes the suitable of non-public estate greater than the other within the world—has selected to put aside approximately one-third of its territory as public lands? contemplating this fascinating query, Randall okay. Wilson strains the often-forgotten rules of nature that experience formed the evolution of America’s public land approach. the result's a clean and probing account of the main urgent coverage and administration demanding situations dealing with nationwide parks, forests, rangelands, and flora and fauna refuges today.

The writer explores the dramatic tale of the origins of the general public area, together with the century-long push towards privatization and the following emergence of a countrywide conservation excellent. Arguing that we won't absolutely comprehend one kind of public land with out realizing its relation to the remainder of the method, he offers in-depth money owed of the differing kinds of public lands. together with chapters on nationwide parks, nationwide forests, natural world refuges, Bureau of Land administration lands, and desert parts, Wilson examines key turning issues and significant coverage debates for every land sort. He considers questions of bison and elk administration and up to date disputes over hearth coverage, roadless components, mining claims, and grazing charges. This accomplished review deals an opportunity to reconsider our courting with America’s public lands, together with what it says concerning the method we relate to, and cost, nature within the United States.

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