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A Thinking Person's Guide To America's National Parks


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English | September 30th, 2016 | ISBN: 0807600199 | 300 Pages | EPUB | 83.50 MB

On the centennial of the National Park Service, this richly illustrated book offers invaluable advice on exploring America's national park system.

The book delves into issues affecting an array of parks: the iconic western national parks like Yellowstone; the urban parks such as Golden Gate National Recreation Area; historic sites including the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Gettysburg National Military Park; and cultural areas like Mesa Verde National Park that are among America's over 400 national parks.

Twenty-three essays from contributing authors with deep personal and professional connections to the national parks serve as expert guides to places in the park system where:
much of the nation's biological and cultural diversity is represented;
ideas such as freedom, civil rights, and conservation were conceived;
vast wilderness offers solitude and reflection;
storied landscapes preserve a sense of place;
the balance between recreation and preservation is tested;
research and learning engage the next generation;
the dynamics of nature are being shaped by a changing climate; and
innovations in technology, sustainability, and stewardship provide a sense of purpose and hope.
300 Color Illustrations

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