Wilderness forever : Howard Zahniser and the path to the wilderness act /
Mark Harvey.
1st ed.
Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2005.
xviii, 325 p.
0295985321 (hardback : alk. paper)
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Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2005.
0295985321 (hardback : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-04-01:
Harvey (history, North Dakota State Univ., Fargo) has written the first biography of Harold Zahniser (1906-1964), remembered today as the principal proponent of the Wilderness Act, which was signed into law four months after his death in May, 1964. As a federal employee, Zahniser served for 15 years as a writer-editor in the Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, and Interior, but chiefly in the old US Biological Survey. He left federal service in 1945 to become executive secretary of the Wilderness Society, editor of its journal Living Wilderness, and later the society's principal lobbyist on conservation issues. The heart of Harvey's wide-ranging account is devoted to Zahniser's tenure with the Wilderness Society. Under his leadership, it grew in strength and numbers, and successfully fought off efforts to weaken federal protection of national parks and monuments. The final three chapters and an epilogue focus on Zahniser's eight-year struggle, despite deteriorating health, to persuade Congress to pass the Wilderness Act. Owing to fierce political opposition, various concessions had to be made to special interests to win passage. The achievement stands as a landmark: 9.1 million acres protected, a figure that has since increased to well over 100 million acres. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. K. B. Sterling formerly, Pace University
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"If any one person is responsible for the 1964 Wilderness Act, it is surely Howard Zahniser. He remains a towering figure in the history of American environmentalism, and Mark Harvey has written a first-rate biography that finally does justice to both the man and his contributions." William Cronon, University of Wisconsin-Madison"A much-anticipated biography of this most critical of players in the modern environmental movement. Harvey has nicely brought Zahniser's many public accomplishments to light and in doing so has enriched our understanding of the man and the political context in which he so skilfully operated." Char Miller, author ofGifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism
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This title is about conservationist and writer Howard Zahniser (1906-1964) who was the person most responsible for the landmark Wilderness Act of 1964. Pervading his tireless work was a deeply held belief in the healing powers of nature for humanity ground down by modern life.
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As a central figure in the American wilderness preservation movement in the mid-twentieth century, Howard Zahniser (1906-1964) was the person most responsible for the landmark Wilderness Act of 1964. While the rugged outdoorsmen of the early environmental movement, such as John Muir and Bob Marshall, gave the cause a charismatic face, Zahniser strove to bring conservation's concerns into the public eye and the preservationists' plans to fruition. In many fights to save besieged wild lands, he pulled together fractious coalitions, built grassroots support networks, wooed skittish and truculent politicians, and generated streams of eloquent prose celebrating wilderness. Pervading his tireless work was a deeply held belief in the healing powers of nature for a humanity ground down by the mechanized hustle-bustle of modern, urban life. His love of nature was not so much a result of scientific curiosity as a sense of wonder at its beauty and majesty, and a wish to exist in harmony with all other living things. In this deeply researched and affectionate portrait, Mark Harvey brings to life this great leader of environmental activism.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 3
Boyhood in Pennsylvaniap. 7
A Career in Conservationp. 20
Finding a New Pathp. 35
Taking the Reinsp. 53
Recreation and Wildernessp. 64
A Summer in the Westp. 80
The Vulnerable Wildernessp. 93
Keeping It Wildp. 107
At Work in the Capitalp. 122
In Search of Communityp. 138
The Challenge of Reclassificationp. 152
Saving a Canal and a Monumentp. 170
Untrammeled by Manp. 186
Wilderness in Perpetuityp. 202
The Constant Advocatep. 224
Epiloguep. 245
Notesp. 255
Selected Bibliographyp. 291
Indexp. 301
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