Eric Jay Dolin
- Title: Smithsonian Book of National Wildlife Refuges
- Author: Eric Jay Dolin
- ISBN: 9781588341174
- Page: 357
- Format: Hardcover
Gorgeous coffee table book, celebrating the 100th anniversary or the refuge system, with dramatic text, and than 200 color images In 1903 Theodore Roosevelt signed a proclamation that created the first of what, a century later, would become a system of 538 wildlife refuges spread across all fifty of the United States Stretching from the cypress swamps of OkefenokeeGorgeous coffee table book, celebrating the 100th anniversary or the refuge system, with dramatic text, and than 200 color images In 1903 Theodore Roosevelt signed a proclamation that created the first of what, a century later, would become a system of 538 wildlife refuges spread across all fifty of the United States Stretching from the cypress swamps of Okefenokee to the remote wilderness of Alaska s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the refuges now occupy an amazing 95 million acres of the American landscape These are America s most treasured natural habitats filled with waterfowl, fish, mammals, and a diverse array of plants Coupling his text with the remarkable photographs of John and Karen Hollingsworth, Eric Dolin draws on the rich history surrounding the refuges to reveal an intriguing story of people and nature After exploring how the fledgling conservation movement found its champion in Teddy Roosevelt, Dolin unveils a story filled with heroic, sometimes quirky, Americans who fought to preserve the nation s natural heritage Following Roosevelt s lead and against a backdrop of the twentieth century s wars and strife refuge after refuge was created, resulting today in an incredibly diverse and biologically critical system that helped earn the United States its reputation as a leader in global conservation Outstanding book Highly and enthusiastically recommended for all public libraries and all environmental collections Library Journal A terrific job The result is a coffee table book worth buying a coffee table for The Balti Sun The remarkable photographs and accompanying text reveal the rich history of America s 538 national wildlife refuges Outdoor Photographer The stories of Teddy Roosevelt Ding Darling, and other indomitable historic figures are woven into the inspiring saga Wildlife Conservation This richly illustrated retrospective could not be timely Nature Conservancy
Recent Comments "Smithsonian Book of National Wildlife Refuges"
What a delightful gem this book is. It's an educational and entertaining history of the National Wildlife Refuge system cleverly disguised as a beautiful coffee table book. The NWR program has a long and often sad history. Early environmentalists and park rangers were unpaid, unsupported, and even murdered. Learn how women's hats and unsportsmanlike hunters devastated wildlife populations, and how the public finally took note. Even after establishment of refuges, plans weren't in place to fund o [...]
I was expecting this book to be more of a coffee-table type with gorgeous pictures and interesting factoids but not much coherent substance. It really surprised me by being an in-depth look at the history and formation of the national wildlife refuge system and the challenges that it has faced. Full of beautiful pictures that don't necessarily relate to the text on the page this is nonetheless a great book.
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