The book delves into issues affecting an array of parks: the iconic western national parks like Yellowstone; the urban parks such as Golden Gate National Recreation Area; historic sites including the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Gettysburg National Military Park; and cultural areas like Mesa Verde National Park that are among America's over 400 national parks.Read more...
The book delves into issues affecting an array of parks: the iconic western national parks like Yellowstone; the urban parks such as Golden Gate National Recreation Area; historic sites including the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Gettysburg National Military Park; and cultural areas like Mesa Verde National Park that are among America's over 400 national parks.
Twenty-three essays from contributing authors with deep personal and professional connections to the national parks serve as expert guides to places in the park system where:
- much of the nation's biological and cultural diversity is represented;
- ideas such as freedom, civil rights, and conservation were conceived;
- vast wilderness offers solitude and reflection;
- storied landscapes preserve a sense of place;
- the balance between recreation and preservation is tested;
- research and learning engage the next generation;
- the dynamics of nature are being shaped by a changing climate; and
- innovations in technology, sustainability, and stewardship provide a sense of purpose and hope.
- ISBN-13: 9780807600191
- ISBN-10: 0807600199
- Publisher: George Braziller
- Publish Date: April 2016
- Page Count: 300
- Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.4 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-02-15
- Reviewer: Staff
The National Parks Service (NPS), celebrating its centennial in 2016, ranges far beyond the well-known Yellowstone and Yosemite to more than 400 national parks from Acadia to Zion, including Women’s Rights, Manzanar, and Big Thicket. Likewise, this provocative, seductively illustrated anthology of 23 essays ranges beyond the radical concept of setting aside land for public use. Denis Galvin, who’s worked for NPS for 38 years, writes that “its job is to illuminate this landscape.” Beyond that, however, the NPS mission, which began with stunning scenery, now includes revealing controversial history and encouraging both physical and spiritual recreation. The essayists consider the nation’s history and that of the NPS itself, including the negative sides of both. John Maounis writes of the “Treasures of the Nation”; Dwight Pitcaithley and Rolf Diamant address the difficulties of interpreting the Civil War and the civil rights movement; and Melia Lane-Kamahele speaks about incorporating indigenous voices and seeking out collaboration within local and national communities, specifically her native Hawaiian community. Some essays clunk with clichés and lists, but the final entries—covering communities and partnerships, new park resources, and the next 100 years—soar with thought-provoking content. (Apr.)