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By Lary M. Dilsaver, Jonathan B. Jarvis

ISBN-10: 0585121214

ISBN-13: 9780585121215

Now in a completely up to date version, this precious reference paintings is a basic source for students, scholars, conservationists, and electorate drawn to America's nationwide park procedure. The huge choice of files illustrates the system's production, improvement, and administration.

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Prior to 1918, the major component categories of the system were created. National parks, monuments, and battlefields were established and historic and prehistoric relics protected. However, there was no "system" per se. Each component was administered separately by the secretaries of War, Agriculture, and the Interior, depending on their location and purpose. The Organic Act brought order to at least the parks and monuments under the control of the Department of the Interior. In 1918, the secretary outlined a code of rules and policies that further defined management of the new park system.

The average elevation of the ground is higher than that of the highest peak of the White Mountains, or the Alleghenies, and the air is rare and bracing; yet its temperature is never uncomfortably cool in summer, nor severe in winter. "Flowering shrubs of sweet fragrance and balmy herbs abound in the meadows, and there is everywhere a delicate odor of the prevailing foliage in the pines and cedars. The water of the streams is soft and limpid, as clear as crystal, abounds with trout and, except near its sources, is, during the heat of the summer, of an agreeable temperature for bathing.

When compared to Europe's thousands of years of history, its fabric of ancient structures and sites, its rich cultural legacy built on many centuries of interchange, the United States appeared a rude, uncultured backwater. Stung by caustic criticism and snobbery from Europe, Americans looked for elements in their own land to flaunt. In Yellowstone and Yosemite, and indeed the whole western wilderness, Americans had what they needed. America was new, rugged, spectacular, and could be proud of its splendor and its clean slate upon which to develop the human experience.

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