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Ruin and Recovery Michigan's Rise As a Conservation Leader

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ISBN-10: 0472067796

ISBN-13: 9780472067794

Edition: 2001

Authors: Dave Dempsey

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Ruin and Recovery tells the story of Michigan's cycles of resource exploitation and conservation from the early days of statehood in 1837 to the present day. Drawing from a large number of resources, including archival records and reminiscences, official documents and individual interviews, Ruin and Recovery charts the development of a conservation ethic in Michigan and chronicles the major battles for environmental protection since the late 1800s. Michigan has faced two turning points in its conservation history. One came at the end of the nineteenth century when its logging era ended, only to be followed by raging forest fires that left millions of acres of land denuded. Ruin and Recovery's discussion of this first turning point is from historical records and the later recollections of survivors of the ruinous 1908 Metz forest fire in northeastern Lower Michigan. The second turning point came in the late 1960s, when water and air pollution prompted public outrage. This controversy is brought to life through interviews with local residents, scientists, and agency officials who observed the Kalamazoo River to be the most polluted in Michigan. Both turning points set the stage for the historic eras of rebuilding that followed. Dave Dempsey is Policy Director of the Michigan Environmental Council, a statewide environmental coalition.
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Book details

List price: $20.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 6/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386

Dave Dempsey is Policy Director of the Michigan Environmental Council, a statewide environmental coalition.

Prologue
A Delightful Prospect
Exploiting Inexhaustible Resources
The Dawn of Michigan Conservation: Sportsmen Lead the Way
Renewing the Forests
The Public Health Roots of Environmental Protection
The Crusade to Free Conservation from Politics
The Lady of the Parks
The Builders
Forced to be First: Banning the "Hard Pesticides"
Reclaiming the Tainted Wonderland
The Age of Action
Saving Places
Chemical Wastelands
The Heart of an Ecosystem
The Third Wave
Epilogue
Notes
Index