Wetlands of the American Midwest: A Historical Geography of Changing Attitudes

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University of Chicago Press, 15.04.2008 - 410 Seiten
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How people perceive wetlands has always played a crucial role in determining how people act toward them. In this readable and objective account, Hugh Prince examines literary evidence as well as government and scientific documents to uncover the history of changing attitudes toward wetlands in the American Midwest.

As attitudes changed, so did scientific research agendas, government policies, and farmers' strategies for managing their land. Originally viewed as bountiful sources of wildlife by indigenous peoples, wet areas called "wet prairies," "swamps," or "bogs" in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were considered productive only when drained for agricultural use. Beginning in the 1950s, many came to see these renamed "wetlands" as valuable for wildlife and soil conservation.

Prince's book will appeal to a wide readership, ranging from geographers and environmental historians to the many government and private agencies and individuals concerned with wetland research, management, and preservation.
 

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Inhalt

1 Changing Attitudes
1
2 Physical Characteristics of Wet Prairies and Bogs
27
3 Native American Occupation
75
4 Early Nineteenthcentury Views of Wetlands
117
5 Landowners Cattlemen Railroads and Tenants on Wet Prairies
159
6 Draining and Agricultural Change on Wet Prairies
203
7 Occupying Draining and Abandoning Northern Bogs and Swamps
237
8 Utilizing and Conserving Wet Prairies since 1930
287
9 Changing Wetland Images and Values
337
Bibliography
349
Index
383
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Seite 9 - We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.

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