By Lary M. Dilsaver, Jonathan B. Jarvis
Now in a completely up-to-date variation, this valuable reference paintings is a basic source for students, scholars, conservationists, and electorate attracted to America's nationwide park procedure. The huge selection of records illustrates the system's production, improvement, and administration.
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Reacting to vandalism of this ancient adobe structure, Congress attached a rider to a civil appropriations bill in 1889 calling for the repair and protection of the first of what would become the national monuments. A year later, a separate movement led to the establishment of the nation's first national battlefield park. Although some national cemeteries had been established even during the Civil War, no substantial protection had been provided to an entire battlefield. Initially, Page 9 of course, the South saw no reason to preserve and celebrate its traumatic defeat.
The first movement to create a park came amidst the Civil War. Yosemite Valley had been first entered by Americans chasing a band of Indians in 1851. Within five years the situation at Niagara Falls began to repeat itself. Claims on the valley lands were filed and tolls charged. Haphazard tourism began even as the fame of the valley spread to a wondering and suspicious East. Concern for this amazing spectacle and its availability to all comers led Congress to withdraw the lands from alienation in 1864 and turn over the valley and a nearby grove of giant sequoias to the state of California as a public park.
Finally, the crisis of management forced such an outcry that a funding bonanza, Mission 66, ended the drought. The ensuing decade of development radically transformed, again, the built environment of the park system. Before Mission 66 ended, however, questions of purpose and management priorities would also arise again. Spurred by the focus on construction and development that Mission 66 provided, and by advances in ecological science, many questioned how well the Park Service was doing at "preserving" the park system resources.
America's National Park System by Lary M. Dilsaver, Jonathan B. Jarvis