Olympic Battleground: The Power Politics of Timber Preservation

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Mountaineers, 2000 - Nature - 447 pages
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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.

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This is an extremely well documented story of not just Olympic National Park, but the park service itself. It is kind of shocking to see how decisions are made in a huge, powerful government agency with lots of resources to manage for someone's benefit. I suppose I should have known this, but decisions are made by people with motives, and the law is twisted to support the decision. That's the story of the NPS. Everyone interested in preserving our public lands should read this book. Those who want to rape the lands should read it to find out how it's done. 

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