To conserve unimpaired : the evolution of the national park idea / Robert B. Keiter.Material type: TextPublication details: Washington, DC : Island Press,  Description: 1 online resource (xix, 343 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781610912167; 1610912160Subject(s): National parks and reserves -- United States -- Philosophy | Nature conservation -- United States -- Philosophy | National parks and reserves -- Government policy -- United States | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Infrastructure | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- General | Sciences de la terre | Environnement | National parks and reserves -- Government policy | National parks and reserves -- Philosophy | Nature conservation -- Philosophy | United States | milieuwetgeving | environmental legislation | internationaal recht | international law | wildbeheer | wildlife management | wild | wildlife | natuurbescherming | nature conservation | milieu | environment | Environmental Sciences (General) | Milieuwetenschappen (algemeen)Genre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: To conserve unimpaired.DDC classification: 363.6/8 LOC classification: SB481.6 | .K45 2013ebOnline resources: Click here to access online
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
What is a national park? -- "Nature's cathedral": a wilderness sanctuary -- "A pleasuring ground": tourism in the wild -- "The nation's playground": recreating in paradise -- "A commercial commodity": putting nature on sale -- "Ancestral lands": nature, culture, and justice -- "Nature's laboratory": experimentation and education -- "Fountains of life": an (imperfect) wildlife reserve -- "A vital core": ecosystem scale conservation -- "Growing the system": new parks and new strategies -- Nature conservation in a changing world.
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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 them. Ultimately, Keiter demonstrates that parks cannot be treated as special islands, but must be managed as the critical cores of larger ecosystems. Only when the National Park Service works with surrounding areas can the parks meet critical habitat, large-scale connectivity, clean air and water needs, and also provide sanctuaries where people can experience nature. Today's mandate must remain to conserve unimpairedbut Keiter shows how the national park idea can and must go much farther. Professionals, students, and scholars with an interest in environmental history, national parks, and federal land management, as well as scientists and managers working on adaptation to climate change should find the book useful and inspiring.