368 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:09 Apr 2013

To Conserve Unimpaired

The Evolution of the National Park Idea

Island Press
When the national park system was first established in 1916, the goal
"to conserve unimpaired" seemed straightforward. But Robert
Keiter argues that parks have always served a variety of competing
purposes, from wildlife protection and scientific discovery to tourism
and commercial development. In this trenchant analysis, he explains how
parks must be managed more effectively to meet increasing demands in
the face of climate, environmental, and demographic changes. Taking a
topical approach, Keiter traces the history of the national park idea
from its inception to its uncertain future. Thematic chapters explore
our changing conceptions of the parks as wilderness sanctuaries,
playgrounds, educational facilities, and more. He also examines key
controversies that have shaped the parks and our perception of
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