A Symbol of Wilderness: Echo Park and the American Conservation Movement

Hardcover | September 11, 2015

byMark W. T. HarveyForeword byWilliam Cronon

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Harvey details the first major clash between conservationists and developers after World War II, the successful fight to prevent the building of Echo Park Dam. The dam on the Green River was intended to create a recreational lake in northwest Colorado and generate hydroelectric power, but would have flooded picturesque Echo Park Valley and threatened Dinosaur National Monument, straddling the Utah-Colorado border near Wyoming.

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Harvey details the first major clash between conservationists and developers after World War II, the successful fight to prevent the building of Echo Park Dam. The dam on the Green River was intended to create a recreational lake in northwest Colorado and generate hydroelectric power, but would have flooded picturesque Echo Park Valley...

Mark W. T. Harvey is associate professor of history at North Dakota State University in Fargo.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:September 11, 2015Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:029599858X

ISBN - 13:9780295998589

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Table of Contents

Foreword by William CrononPrefaceAcknowledgmentsThe Peculiar Past of a National MonumentThe Seeds of ControversyPrimeval Parks and the Wilderness Movement"A Mere Millpond"Searching for an Alternate SiteWilderness for a New GenerationThe Great Evaporation ControversyThe Politics of Preservation A Symbol of WildernessTriumph of the Park SystemEpilogueNotesBibliographyIndex

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By every standard of narrative and historical scholarship, this book is a major contribution to our understanding of protected parks and wilderness.

- Alfred Runte, author of National Parks: The American Experience