Great Experiment in Conservation : Voices from the Adirondack Park

ISBN-10: 0815632312
ISBN-13: 9780815632313
Edition: 2009
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Description: The Adirondack region of New York State is, in many respects, America¿s cauldron of conservation. It was there, more than a century ago, that wanton exploitation of forests first aroused concern about human impact on the environment. It was there  More...

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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.178
Language: English

The Adirondack region of New York State is, in many respects, America¿s cauldron of conservation. It was there, more than a century ago, that wanton exploitation of forests first aroused concern about human impact on the environment. It was there that Americans first began to set aside lands proclaimed as "forever wild." The establishment of the Adirondack Park created an immense landscape of 6 million acres composed of a mixture of public and private lands in nearly equal proportion. This unprecedented blend of human communities within wild lands makes the Adirondack Park perhaps one of the greatest case studies in conservation and development in U.S. history. Representing a remarkable achievement in environmental scholarship and drawn from decades of research, The Great Experiment in Conservation captures the wisdom born of the last thirty years of the park¿s evolution. The editors bring together leading scholars, activists, and practitioners--those who know the Park¿s origin and the realities of living in a protected area--to narrate this history. Organized into three sections, contributors explore the ecological, cultural, and economic aspects of the region, drawing lessons from successes and failures as they struggle to find the right balance of private interests and public controls. With keen insight and deep passion, the authors reveal the Adirondack Park¿s rich natural and cultural history in shaping conservation policy, providing vital contributions to the future study of land preservation.

List of Figures
List of Tables
Foreword: Connecting Means and Ends in the Study of Place
Acknowledgments
Contributors
Introduction: The Cornerstones of Conservation
Foundations of the Adirondack Ecosystem and Economy
Introduction: A Dark Spot in a Sea of Lights
Geology of the Adirondack Mountains Like an Egg with Its Major Axis to the North
Water Resources: The Unique Adirondack Aquascape
Soils of the Adirondacks: Out of Site, Out of Mind
Upland Forests of the Adirondacks Reflections of Soils and a Record of Disturbance
Fish and Wildlife Communities of the Adirondacks
Wildlife Exploitation in the Adirondacks From Beavers to Biodiversity
Mining the Adirondacks
Forestry in the Adirondacks An Economy Built on a Handful of Species
Human Impacts from Afar Acid Rain and Mercury Deposition in the Adirondacks
Recreation and Tourism in the Adirondacks
Great Camps and Conservation
Development Rates and Patterns in the Adirondacks Paradise Lost
Wildlife for a Wilderness Restoring Large Predators in the Adirondacks
Institutions and Management of the Adirondacks
Introduction: The Park in Perspective
Cultural History of the Adirondack Park From Conservation to Environmentalism
Legal Structure and Defense of the Adirondack Park
Public and Private Land-Use Regulation of the Adirondack Park
The Early Years of the Adirondack Park Agency
The Evolution of the Department of Environmental Conservation
A Land Not Saved
Top-Down Regulation and Local Economic Autonomy
Lessons from the Commission on the Adirondacks in the Twenty-First Century
A Perspective from the Forest-Products Industry
Reflections on the Adirondack Park Agency in the Current Era
Many Voices, Many Opinions
Introduction: Visions for the Adirondacks and Beyond
Compromise, Continuity, and Crisis in the Adirondack Park Shortcomings and Opportunities in Environmental Protection
Renewing Adirondack Park Mission Through an Educational Forest Preserve Shortcomings and Opportunities in Wilderness Preservation
The Role of the People in Wilderness Preservation Shortcomings and Opportunities in Governance
Public Opinion and Public Representation Strategies in Bio-Regional Development
The Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages Strategies in Local Governance
The Adirondack North Country Association Strategies in Economic Development Terry
The Adirondack Environmental Nongovernmental Organizations Strategies in Conservation
Envisioning the Future of Wilderness Public Demands and Private Lands
Toward a New Wilderness Paradigm for Adirondack Park The View from Bear Mountain
Can Such a Noble Endeavor Succeed? Alaska and the Adirondack Park
The Adirondack Park in Global Perspective
Conclusion: The Adirondack Experiment in a Full World
Afterword: Living Within Limits
Adirondack Chronology
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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