Crossing the Next Meridian Land, Water, and the Future of the West

ISBN-10: 155963149X
ISBN-13: 9781559631495
Edition: 1992
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 6/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

In Crossing the Next Meridian, Charles F. Wilkinson, an expert on federal public lands, Native American issues, and the West's arcane water laws explains some of the core problems facing the American West now and in the years to come. He examines the outmoded ideas that pervade land use and resource allocation and argues that significant reform of Western law is needed to combat desertification and environmental decline, and to heal splintered communities. Interweaving legal history with examples of present-day consequences of the laws, both intended and unintended, Wilkinson traces the origins and development of the laws and regulations that govern mining, ranching, forestry, and water use. He relates stories of Westerners who face these issues on a day-to-day basis, and discusses what can and should be done to bring government policies in line with the reality of twentieth-century American life.

Preface
The Lords of Yesterday
The Miner's Law
The Rancher's Code
Forests for the Home-Builder First of All
"The River Was Crouded with Salmon"
Harvesting the April Rivers
Crossing the Next Meridian
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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