America's National Park System by Lary M. Dilsaver, Jonathan B. Jarvis

By Lary M. Dilsaver, Jonathan B. Jarvis

Now in an absolutely up-to-date variation, this priceless reference paintings is a basic source for students, scholars, conservationists, and electorate attracted to America's nationwide park method. The large number of files illustrates the system's production, improvement, and administration.

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The public itself developed an environmental consciousness and an intense interest in both using and saving the nation's parklands. By 1968, management had become so complex that three separate systems of administration seemed to be neededone set each for historical, natural, and recreational areas. A web of environmental legislation culminating in the National Environmen- Page 4 tal Policy Act (NEPA) further protected the parks and constrained their planning and development. The 1970s, if anything, seemed to intensify and accelerate both the processes of system expansion and management redefinition.

Most of the documents led directly to policy formulation or additions to the park system. A few are contemporary efforts to justify what policies were already in place or at least demonstrate the minds of park administrators of the time. Taken in total, these documents Page 5 show most directly, in the original language, the evolution of the national park system, the National Park Service, and conservation in America through the early 1990s. It is hoped that this volume will assist park officers, scholars, and the interested general reader to understand how the parks and their problems of today have arisen from the policies and acts of the past.

These are considerations of a political duty of grave importance to which seldom if ever before has proper respect been paid by any government in the world but the grounds of which rest on the same eternal base of equity and benevolence with all other duties of republican government. It is the main duty of government, if it is not the sole duty of government, to provide means of protection for all its citizens in the pursuit of happiness against the obstacles, otherwise insurmountable, which the selfishness of individuals or combinations of individuals is liable to interpose to that pursuit.

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