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Author Sowards, Adam M.

Title United States West Coast : an environmental history / Adam M. Sowards
Published Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 393 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series ABC-CLIO's nature and human societies series
Nature and human societies.
Contents Series foreword -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Maps -- 1. A land of upheaval and diversity -- Major forces -- Regions -- Arrival of humans -- Conclusion -- References -- 2. Reciprocity and the indigenous landscape -- Establishing human-ecological regimes -- Conclusion -- References -- 3. Displacement and replacement : establishing new ecological regimes -- Ecological imperialism and revolutions -- Explorations -- Exchanges -- Initial settlements -- Transforming water, changing culture -- Environmental conflict -- Conclusion -- References -- 4. Industrializing nature -- Institutional and intellectual frameworks -- Industrializing mining -- Industrializing agriculture -- Industrializing fisheries -- Industrializing forests -- Conclusion -- References -- 5. Responding to industrialized environments -- Characterizing the conservation movement -- Fisheries, government science, and emerging conservation -- Crusade for reclamation and the illusion of control -- Forests and conservation -- Preservation movement -- Urban environmental change -- Conclusion -- References -- 6. Modern environmental conflicts -- The revision of modern agriculture -- Forest debates -- Energy and protests -- Cities in the modern Far West -- Episodes of conflict : environmental politics in the modern Far West -- Conclusion -- Epilogue -- References -- 7. Case studies -- Case study : environment and empire -- the Northwest Fur Trade -- Ecology of otters and beavers -- Initiating the trade in soft gold -- Competitive environments and declining furs -- The end of the fur trade and its consequences -- Conclusion -- References -- Case study : Los Angeles and the problem of water -- The nature of Los Angeles river development -- Solving the problem of too little water -- Solving the problem of too much water -- Postscript -- Conclusion -- References -- Case study : The forests, the owls, and the radicals -- The setting -- Activism in the woods -- Competing authorities -- Resolution : timber summit and the Northwest forest plan -- Conclusion -- References -- Documents -- Important people, events, and concepts -- Chronology -- References and further reading -- Index -- About the author
Summary The most up-to-date and insightful overview available on the environmental history of the West Coast of the United States, a region of extraordinary physical beauty distinguished by its inhabitants' efforts to both sustain and exploit their natural resources
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-376) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. http://purl.oclc.org/DLF/benchrepro0212 MiAaHDL
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Subject Human ecology -- Pacific Coast (U.S.) -- History.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- Pacific Coast (U.S.)
Pacific Coast (U.S.) -- Environmental conditions.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author ABC-Clio Information Services.
ISBN 1851099093 (hard copy ; alk. paper)
1851099107 (ebook)
9781851099092 (hard copy ; alk. paper)
9781851099108 (ebook)