Tim Palmer weaves natural history into a comprehensive account of the complex problems that plague natural resource management throughout the West, as well as the practical solutions that are available.
" Palmer's brightly written, compelling treatment of this major river system ought to commend itself to all who seek a deeper understanding of the American West." Charles F. Wilkinson
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Tim Palmer is the author of twelve books about rivers and the American land. He is the recipient of the National Outdoor Book Award, the Director's Award from the National Park Service, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the organization, American Rivers.From Publishers Weekly:
Curving through Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park on its journey to meet the Columbia River in Washington, the Snake River is a mix of scenic wilderness areas, 25 dams that support extensive irrigation, hydro-electric plants and industry. When irrigation was begun in the last century, the abundance of fish and other wildlife seemed limitless. Now, though, over-irrigation threatens habitats of many endangered species, from eagles to salmon; results in soil depletion; and poses a threat to the future of Idaho's thriving agricultural communities. Having studied the waterway along its 1056-mile length, Palmer ( The Sierra Nevada: A Mountain Journey ) passionately argues against the status of the Snake as a ``working river'' and in favor of preservation and reforms. Buttressing his opinions with scientific data, interviews with both farmers and naturalists and suggestions for improvement, he makes an effective case for restoring greatness to a beleaguered national treasure. Photos not seen by PW .
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Book Description Island Press, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110933280599