New Guardians for the Golden Gate: How America Got a Great National Park

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University of California Press, Aug 14, 2006 - History - 390 pages
National parks are a distinctively American idea. But it takes people to make them happen. This unique, insider's account tells how Bay Area activists forged bipartisan local and national support for an unprecedented campaign to create a great new national park. In 1970, beginning with the former Army lands originally reserved to protect San Francisco Bay, the grassroots People for a Golden Gate National Recreation Area succeeded in preserving all of the spectacular land that frames the Golden Gate.

Spanning more than thirty eventful years, Amy Meyer tells the story of how dedicated citizens, including visionary conservationist Edgar Wayburn, master politician Phillip Burton, and a battalion of lesser-known but key allies made our democratic system work for the common good and won their fight to save these dramatic and historic lands for all of the American people. Pictures by noted California photographers capture the park’s grandeur and new activities. New Guardians for the Golden Gate tells how a bold vision, dedicated citizens, and a variety of old and new conservation strategies saved these magnificent lands for all time.
 

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Contents

SPACE AVAILABLE
6
PIECEMEAL CONSERVATION IN THE 1960
18
A NEIGHBORHOOD ISSUE BECOMES MUCH BIGGER
45
ORGANIZED ADVOCACY
74
A YEAR AND TWO MONTHS
94
VICTORY IN CONGRESS
109
A NEW PARK EMERGES
112
EXPANDING THE PARK
135
SUSTAINING THE VISION
179
SAFE HARBOR FOR OLD SHIPS
206
THE NATIONAL PARK NEXT DOOR
218
FROM POST TO PARK
237
AFTERWORD
263
NOTES
271
INDEX
299
Copyright

ON A NEW POLITICAL FRONTIER
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Amy Meyer is co-chair of People for a Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Randolph Delehanty, PhD, is a historian and author.

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