Friday, November 21, 2008

The Politics of Wilderness Preservation

Allin, C.W. (2008). The Politics of Wilderness Preservation. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press.

Craig W. Allin explored the history of wilderness preservation politics in the United States. Preservation politics in America have stories that can be further developed in American history. Allin has very good points and facts to support his arguments. The wilderness was seen by the Americans, as an enemy to destroy. In the 1900s, there was a drop in resources and the American citizens saw the wilderness as a valuable and vanishing resource. They seen their mistake to want to destroy it, so they created environmental policies. Public policy is what we value as a society. The policies have a significant political and economic impact. Allin explores their status today and their uncertain future. This book helps people to see the importance of our wilderness, just as the Alaska Natives see it. I am happy that there are policies that citizens have to follow; otherwise, our wilderness will be no more. This is a good book for environmentalists and policymakers.

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