By Lary M. Dilsaver, Jonathan B. Jarvis
Now in an absolutely up-to-date variation, this priceless reference paintings is a primary source for students, scholars, conservationists, and voters drawn to America's nationwide park approach. The large number of files illustrates the system's construction, improvement, and administration.
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The purpose of this volume is to help explain this complex system and its ill-defined management culture by reproducing, in their original texts, the key documents that have shaped them. Laws that established and molded the system, policy statements, explanations of policy in action, self-evaluations, scientific studies, and the comments of outside observers from the scientific and conservation communities have all contributed to the composition of the park system and its current administration.
Two processes must be concurrently addressed to understand the park system. First, there is the growth of the system itself. Officially it began with the founding of Yellowstone National Park on March Page 2 1, 1872. Another eighteen years passed before a second park that would survive the nineteenth century was established. As the twentieth century approached, Congress begrudgingly took steps to conserve other resources by other means. However, after the creation of the Park Service, the haphazard, individual preservation efforts were paralleled by direct efforts to shape a meaningful system, much of this impetus provided by the initial director, Stephen Mather.
Page 15 "The other district, associated with this by the act of Congress, consists of four sections of land, about thirty miles distant from it, on which stand in the midst of a forest composed of the usual trees and shrubs of the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada, about six hundred mature trees of the giant Sequoia. Among them is one known through numerous paintings and photographs as the Grizzly Giant, which probably is the noblest tree in the world. Besides this, there are hundreds of such beauty and stateliness that, to one who moves among them in the reverent mood to which they so strongly incite the mind, it will not seem strange that intelligent travellers have declared that they would rather have passed by Niagara itself than have missed visiting this grove.