By Jay M. Price

ISBN-10: 0816522871

ISBN-13: 9780816522873

Arizona is home to a few of the region's so much lovely nationwide parks and monuments and has had an extended culture of sturdy federal agencies—along with powerful neighborhood governments—developing and coping with parklands. ahead of global battle II, holding websites from improvement appeared counterproductive to a nation govt ruled via extractive industries. by way of the past due Nineteen Fifties this country that prided itself on being a vacationer vacation spot came across its loss of kingdom parks to be a humiliation. Gateways to the Southwest is a heritage of the construction of kingdom parks in Arizona, interpreting the ways that types of parks have been created within the face of adjusting social values. Jay rate tells how Arizona's parks emerged from the game and tourism growth of the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, have been formed by way of the environmental circulate of the Seventies and Nineteen Eighties, and feature been stricken by the monetary demanding situations that arose within the Nineteen Nineties. He additionally explains how altering political realities ended in diverse tools of constructing parks like Catalina, Homol'ovi Ruins, and Kartchner Caverns. additionally, locations that didn't turn into kingdom parks have as a lot to inform us as those who did. by the point the necessity for country parks was once well-known in Arizona, such a lot selection websites had already been constructed, and value unearths how buying land usually proved tricky and costly. country parks have been of necessity built in cooperation with the government, different country organisations, neighborhood leaders, and personal companies. for that reason, parks born from land exchanges, partnerships, conservation easements, and different cooperative ventures are extra advanced entities than the "state park" designation may possibly recommend. Price's research indicates that the most important factor for parks has now not been who owns a spot yet who manages it, and this present day Arizona's kingdom parks are a community of lake-based game, historical websites, and environmental schooling parts reflecting matters simply as advanced as these of the region's better-known nationwide parks. Gateways to the Southwest is a case examine of source stewardship within the Intermountain West that provides new insights into environmental background because it illustrates the demanding situations and possibilities dealing with public lands everywhere America.

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