Visions of the Grand Staircase-Escalante: Examining Utah's Newest National Monument

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Robert B. Keiter, Sarah B. George, Joro Walker
Utah Museum of Natural History, 1998 - Nature - 184 pages
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In September 1996, President Clinton surprised the nation by designating a new 1.7 million-acre Grand Staircase -- Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. For the first time ever, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was given responsibility for managing a national monument. The BLM, charged with preserving the new monument's scientific and historic resources while integrating existing multiple-use activities through a three-year public planning process, faces a daunting task.

This book provides the first comprehensive review of the new monument's natural and human attributes, the planning framework, and issues of paramount concern. The views reflected here, according to The Deseret News, bring "all of the debates -- scientific, cultural, economic -- together into a single forum". If, as Wallace Stegner observed, "the natural world is a screen onto which we project our own images", then this book should sharpen our images of the Grand Staircase-Escalante.

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Contents

Paleontological Resources
13
An Archaeological Assessment
31
Defining a Cultural Context
53
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About the author (1998)

Keiter is James I. Farr Professor of Law and director of the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment at the University of Utah College of Law.

George is director of the Utah Museum of Natural History and adjunct associate professor of biology a the University of Utah.

Walker is associate director of the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment at the University of Utah Collage of Law.

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