By: Kevin R Marsh
256 pages, 18 illustrations, 8 maps
Drawing boundaries around wildlands serves a double purpose--both protection of the land within the boundary and release of the land outside the boundary to resource extraction and development. This book discusses the roles played by various groups--the U.S. Forest Service, timber companies, recreationists, and environmentalists--in defining the boundaries of wilderness areas.
'Drawing Lines in the Forest' offers insights that are relevant to all regions of the United States, and that arguably change the way we should think not just about wilderness, but about the much larger project of American land conservation in general.
- from the Foreword by William Cronon
"By focusing on grassroots activism and the politics of boundary lines, Kevin Marsh has written a compelling case study of the postwar wilderness movement in the Pacific Northwest that will challenge scholars to rethink wilderness history more broadly."
- Paul Sutter, University of Georgia
"Carefully researched and well written, the book offers a detailed look at issues surrounding wilderness creation and encourages its readers to think more broadly about land conservation in the United States." - HistoryLink.org
"This is a very fine book, and I recommend it to all interested in environmental and wilderness history, as well as those who love the Cascade Range."
- Pacific Northwest Quarterly
"'Drawing Lines in the Forest' is masterfully researched, sharply argued, and skilfully written. Following his lead, other scholars must reassess wilderness battles in other places and pay close attention to boundaries." - Western Historical Quarterly
"Kevin Marsh's book is a valuable addition... [Drawing Lines in the Forest] offers an excellent case study of a very complicated process. The details of the story provide insight into how committed people transformed the American wilderness system from idea to reality."
- Montana: The Magazine of Western History
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