Olympic Battleground: Creating and Defending Olympic National Park

Front Cover
Mountaineers Books, Aug 31, 2000 - Nature - 448 pages
  • A shocking revelation . . . . No one vitally interested in the past, present, or future of the national parks can afford to ignore this work of historical dynamite.
  • This is the first comprehensive history of Olympic National Park
  • A case study of the need for citizen action to protect our natural areas
As a seasonal ranger in Olympic National Park early in his career, Carsten Lien discovered the shocking truth. Flouting the law, and contrary to public expectation, the National Park Service was logging the very land it was supposed to preserve. Lien vowed to uncover the story behind the destruction. In Olympic Battleground, Lien documents more than one hundred years of political chicanery, citizen activism, bureaucratic failure, and the loss of primeval forest. This classic in historical investigation is now updated with a new chapter on the most recent preservation challenges confronting the park.


What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Foreword to the Reissued Edition
Acknowledgements Preface
Up For Grabs
Gone Fast
A Price To Be Paid
Preservation Comes And Goes
National Parks PreservedAlmost
The Park Service Goes Down In Flames
Logging The Park
Timber Flows
The Coastal Strip Preservation Denied
Senator Jackson And Fred Overly Team Up 20 Summarizing The Past
The Present
The Future
Abbreviations Of Sources

The Park Service vs Preservation
Preservation And Recreation Be Damned
Bureaucracies Fail
The Bureaucracies Reject Preservation
Preservation Hard In Coming
The President Moves
An Olympic Park Passes 13 A Forest PreservedAt Last
WWIIGet The Trees Out And Now
Chapter Notes
Manuscript And Other Collections
Emergency Conservation Committee Publications

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information