By Lary M. Dilsaver, Jonathan B. Jarvis
Now in a completely up-to-date variation, this valuable reference paintings is a basic source for students, scholars, conservationists, and electorate drawn to America's nationwide park procedure. The broad selection of files illustrates the system's production, improvement, and administration.
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Most of my thanks for the completion of this volume go to the National Park Service for giving me the opportunity to search its files and for its support during the research process. Many knowledgeable and enthusiastic NPS people helped in the identification and acquisition of these documents. Among the most important were Carol Aten, Larry Bancroft, Ed Bearss, Harry Butowsky, Gordon Chappell, John Dennis, Dennis Fenn, Dave Graber, William Gregg, David Jervis, Roger Kelly, J. Mike Lambe, Thomas Mulhern, Dave Nathanson, Tom Nichols, David Parsons, Tom Ritter, Jerry Rogers, and James Stewart.
They represent, in principle, the finest America has to offer in scenery, historical and archaeological relics, and cultural definition. The system attempts to explain America's history, interpret its culture, represent and preserve its varied ecosystems, and provide, incidentally, for the recreation of its 250 million people. " Officially, the purposes of the park system, and by inference its management policies, are best summed up in the 1916 act that established the National Park Service. " The origin of the movement to create this system is shrouded in the early nineteenth century while the confusion of managing such a system for both preservation and recreation has been a frustrating puzzle since the beginning.
As a final management statement culminating this long and complex formative period, Secretary of the Interior Franklin Lane issued a detailed policy statement on management of the parks in 1918. Albright actually wrote the letter reflecting the ideas of Mather and others. The Lane letter addresses concession policy, priorities of protection, and many other issues not elaborated in the Organic Act. With these details of policy established and aired, Mather was set to consolidate and refine the national park system.
America's National Park System by Lary M. Dilsaver, Jonathan B. Jarvis