America's Public Lands: From Yellowstone to Smokey Bear and Beyond
How is it that the United States - the country that cherishes the ideal of private property more than any other in the world - has chosen to set aside nearly one-third of its land area as public lands? Considering this intriguing question, Randall K. Wilson traces the often-forgotten ideas of nature that have shaped the evolution of America's public land system. The result is a fresh and probing account of the most pressing policy and management challenges facing national parks, forests, rangelands, and wildlife refuges today. The author explores the dramatic story of the origins of the public domain, including the century-long effort to sell them off and the subsequent emergence of a national conservation ideal.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Wilson, Randall K. America's Public Lands: From Yellowstone to Smokey Bear and Beyond (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).