Written by and about New Englanders, Twentieth-Century New England Land Conservation is relevant to others attempting to address conservation problems on a regional basis. These are the stories of people acting the New England way – recognizing a need, taking on a responsibility without being asked, and applying the Yankee attitude in order to bring about tangible conservation gains. But above all, the account is one of hope for the future for, as the authors document, conditions at the turn of the 20th century were of a nature we would not tolerate today: cut and burned-over forests, eroded topsoil, depleted farmlands, streams choked with refuse and pollution, and species at the very brink of extinction. The stories told here are of people using what they had, setting to work to remedy these conditions, and doing so successfully. At a time of growing concern for the environment both locally and globally, theirs is a story certain to inform and inspire the next generation of conservation leaders.
Foreword by Charles H. W. Foster
Preface by Judson D. Hale, Sr.
- Land Conservation in New England: An Introductory Overview by Charles H. W. Foster
- Maine. A Certain Persistence of Character: Land Conservation in Maine - 1900-2000 by Thomas A. Urquhart
- New Hampshire. Common Ground by James C. Collins and Richard Ober Vermont
- Unspoiled Vermont: The Nature of Conservation in the Green Mountain State by Robert McCullough, Clare Ginger, and Michelle Baumflek
- Massachusetts. Environmental Conservation in Massachusetts by Charles H. W. Foster
- Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Conservation Story: Back from Crisis by Peter B. Lord
- Connecticut. Rescuing Connecticut: A Story of Land Saving Actions by Russell L. Brenneman
- Federal Land Conservation in New England: Crisis, Response, and Adaptation by Robert W. McIntosh, Rolf Diamant, and Nora J. Mitchell
- The Past as Prologue by Charles H. W. Foster
Charles H. W. Foster is Adjunct Research Associate and Lecturer at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He is a former Massachusetts Commissioner of Natural Resources, Secretary of Environmental Affairs, and Dean of the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.