Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: From Conquest to Conservation: Our Public Land Legacy

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: From Conquest to Conservation: Our Public Land Legacy

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Review: From Conquest to Conservation: Our Public Land Legacy By Michael P. Combeck, Christopher A. Wood and Jack E. Williams Reviewed by Ryder W. Miller San Francisco, USA Michael Pl Dombeck, Christopher A. Wood and Jack E. Williams. Foreword by Charles Wilkinson.From Conquest to Conservation: Our Public Land Legacy. Island Press (2003). Printed on recycled, acid-free paper. 220pp.

From Conquest to Conservation presents good intentions and concern for the land. It tells the American story of our relationship with public lands, and the growth of the conservation movement and the resource management field. It also details the historical struggle to protect and manage the land. However, missing is any allusion to the larger tale of such struggles. There is no exploration of the views of the founding Puritans or Native Americans. This work makes it clear that there are resource managers who wish to remain at the forefront of environmentalism and land management, but they have had their run ins with mainstream environmentalists in the past. As the authors lament: "The days of the government biologist or forester spending a quiet career in the woods are over. Nearly every facet of their work is publicly scrutinized" (p. 164).

The work is inspiring, but, in the reviewer's opinion, insiders rather than critics of government wrote it. …

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