Our National Park System

Our National Park System : Caring for America's Greatest Natural and Historic Treasures

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This is the first comprehensive look at America's national park system, an insider's tour covering the system and the National Park Service, the agency responsible for its care. Dwight V. Rettie, former chief of the NPS policy development office, is uniquely qualified to address the state - the problems and the possibilities - of the system, which is comprised of millions of acres of land in more than 350 areas around the nation, including national parks, historic sites, battlefields, and recreation areas. Rettie agrees, as many critics have claimed, that the system is in disarray; he proposes stronger management operations, clearer and more stringent measures of personnel performance, and training of park rangers in the scientific management and protection of resources.show more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 152.7 x 226.8 x 24.6mm | 617.08g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252065581
  • 9780252065583

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This is the first comprehensive look at America's national park system, an insider's tour covering the system and the National Park Service, the agency responsible for its care. Dwight V. Rettie, former chief of the NPS policy development office, is uniquely qualified to address the state - the problems and the possibilities - of the system, which is comprised of millions of acres of land in more than 350 areas around the nation, including national parks, historic sites, battlefields, and recreation areas. Rettie agrees, as many critics have claimed, that the system is in disarray; he proposes stronger management operations, clearer and more stringent measures of personnel performance, and training of park rangers in the scientific management and protection of resources.show more

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"A clarion call to action, a message that our park system is a living legacy, entrusted to the care of the National Park Service... Read this book, and then bring, if you haven't already, the national parks into your life." -- Stewart L. Udall, former U.S. Secretary of the Interiorshow more

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