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By the end of the millennium, many Americans realized they had made some serious misjudgments in their nation's interactions with the natural world. America's treasured national parks, while remaining immensely popular, were not immune to this damaging phenomenon, and it had become clear that preservation alone would no longer be enough. By this time, repair and restoration were necessary. Can the United States reverse the mistaken policies that severely damaged the crown jewels of its national park system? This thoughtful and hopeful book, in turns analytical and personal, delves into that important question, focusing on several of America's most-loved public institutions.
William Lowry, an eminent analyst of U.S. natural resource policy, focuses on four ambitious efforts to reverse environmental damage in America's national parks: the reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone; reducing the impact of vehicle traffic in Yosemite; restoring fresh water to the Everglades; and, removing structural impairments to river flows in the Grand Canyon. "Repairing Paradise" combines authoritative policy analysis with extensive personal experience on the ground. Lowry has spent time in all four of the parks, personally observing conditions and talking to the most informed decision makers. He deftly combines this field research with solid public policy analysis to paint an instructive portrait of the mission to restore the natural health and glory to some of the world's most wondrous places.