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The Resource Engineering Eden : the true story of a violent death, a trial, and the fight over controlling nature, by Jordan Fisher Smith

Engineering Eden : the true story of a violent death, a trial, and the fight over controlling nature, by Jordan Fisher Smith

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Engineering Eden : the true story of a violent death, a trial, and the fight over controlling nature
Title
Engineering Eden
Title remainder
the true story of a violent death, a trial, and the fight over controlling nature
Statement of responsibility
by Jordan Fisher Smith
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Language
eng
Summary
"The fascinating story of a trial that opened a window onto the century-long battle to control nature in the national parks. When twenty-five-year-old Harry Walker was killed by a bear in Yellowstone Park in 1972, the civil trial prompted by his death became a proxy for bigger questions about American wilderness management that had been boiling for a century. At immediate issue was whether the Park Service should have done more to keep bears away from humans, but what was revealed as the trial unfolded was just how fruitless our efforts to regulate nature in the parks had always been. The proceedings drew to the witness stand some of the most important figures in twentieth century wilderness management, including the eminent zoologist A. Starker Leopold, who had produced a landmark conservationist document in the 1950s, and all-American twin researchers John and Frank Craighead, who ran groundbreaking bear studies at Yellowstone. Their testimony would help decide whether the government owed the Walker family restitution for Harry's death, but it would also illuminate decades of patchwork efforts to preserve an idea of nature that had never existed in the first place. In this remarkable excavation of American environmental history, nature writer and former park ranger Jordan Fisher Smith uses Harry Walker's story to tell the larger narrative of the futile, sometimes fatal, attempts to remake wilderness in the name of preserving it. Tracing a course from the founding of the national parks through the tangled twentieth-century growth of the conservationist movement, Smith gives the lie to the portrayal of national parks as Edenic wonderlands unspoiled until the arrival of Europeans, and shows how virtually every attempt to manage nature in the parks has only created cascading effects that require even more management. Moving across time and between Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Glacier national parks, Engineering Eden shows how efforts at wilderness management have always been undone by one fundamental problem--that the idea of what is 'wild' dissolves as soon as we begin to examine it, leaving us with little framework to say what wilderness should look like and which human interventions are acceptable in trying to preserve it. In the tradition of John McPhee's The Control of Nature and Alan Burdick's Out of Eden, Jordan Fisher Smith has produced a powerful work of popular science and environmental history, grappling with critical issues that we have even now yet to resolve"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
978.7/52033
Index
no index present
LC call number
F722
LC item number
.S643 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Engineering Eden : the true story of a violent death, a trial, and the fight over controlling nature, by Jordan Fisher Smith
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Part I. American Eden -- Los Angeles -- American Eden -- Yosemite and Yellowstone -- Appalachian Spring -- Frank -- The Balance of Nature -- Berkeley -- Smitty -- Part II. Natural Regulation -- Trout Creek -- The Big Kill -- Starker -- Prometheus
Control code
ocn944408622
Edition
First edition.
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780307454263
Lccn
2016008169
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)944408622
Label
Engineering Eden : the true story of a violent death, a trial, and the fight over controlling nature, by Jordan Fisher Smith
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Part I. American Eden -- Los Angeles -- American Eden -- Yosemite and Yellowstone -- Appalachian Spring -- Frank -- The Balance of Nature -- Berkeley -- Smitty -- Part II. Natural Regulation -- Trout Creek -- The Big Kill -- Starker -- Prometheus
Control code
ocn944408622
Edition
First edition.
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780307454263
Lccn
2016008169
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)944408622

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