Mojave Lands: Interpretive Planning and the National Preserve
Controversy inevitably accompanies attempts at land protection, even in cases of large, uninhabited, economically marginal locations. In 1994, for example, the California Desert Protection Act created the Mojave National Preserve, the third largest national park in the lower 48 states. The act transferred three million acres of southern California desert from the Bureau of Land Management to the National Park Service. As a result, explains Elisabeth M. Hamin, the National Park Service became a multiple-use manager, balancing its official mission of environmental protection with oversight of such activities as hunting, ranching and mining. In this work, Hamin explains how this new role came about. Drawing on interviews with people on various sides of the issue - from mining lobbyists to local ecotourism operators, legislators to gun advocates - she shows how the differing parties argued and compromised over land protection. From their success, Hamin derives lessons for re-imagining national parks to achieve broadly shared goals.
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