America’s Public Lands:
From Yellowstone to Smokey Bear and Beyond
by Randall K. Wilson
HD216 .W48 2014
New Arrivals , 2nd Floor
In this book, Wilson concisely explains the past, present, and future of public lands in the United States. The initial part of the book explores the emergence of public lands in response to too much privatization of lands in the 19th century. He also explains the growth of this system, and defines the different types of public lands recognized in the United States. Wilson follows up at the end by analyzing the future of development within the public lands system, and how various environmental issues will guide policy going forward. This is a fascinating read. It is a great one to check out whether you are interested in history or gaining some background information on the road trip to your favorite national park this coming summer.
Interested in more? Consider checking out Ken Burns’ documentary The National Parks America’s Best Idea.