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By: Sterling Evans
317 pages, 7 b/w photos, 3 line illus, 4 tabs, 6 maps
Explores the establishment of the country's national park system as a response to the rapid destruction of its tropical ecosystems due to the expansion of export-related agriculture. Drawing on interviews with key players in the conservation movement, as well as archival research, Evans traces the emergence of a conservation ethic among Costa Ricans and the tangible forms it has taken.
Sterling Evans has written a passionate yet balanced account of the history of conservation in Costa Rica. Both environmental historians and activists will gain from this book a great appreciation of the work that went into protecting Costa Rica's natural heritage, along with the work that still must be done. Lane Simonian, author of Defending the Land of the Jaguar: A History of Conservation in Mexico
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