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A Symbol of Wilderness: Echo Park and the American Conservation Movement

Harvey, Mark W. T.

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ISBN 10: 0826315429 / ISBN 13: 9780826315427
Published by Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.: Univ of New Mexico Pr, 1994
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Hardcover with dust jacket, 368 pages. Very good condition, no damage to pages or cover. Binding is square and tight. Some black and white pictures throughout. Bookseller Inventory # NA-1484

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Title: A Symbol of Wilderness: Echo Park and the ...

Publisher: Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.: Univ of New Mexico Pr

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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Dinosaur National Monument straddles the Utah-Colorado border near Wyoming. It attracted little attention and few visitors until plans to dam the Green River and flood picturesque Echo Park Valley sparked public opposition in the early 1950s. That dam, one of a series proposed by the Bureau of Reclamation, was intended to help regulate the Colorado River, generate hydroelectric power, and create a lake for recreation in northwest Colorado.
Echo Park Dam would have threatened part of this national monument, a prospect that alarmed the National Park Service. In July 1950 the writer Bernard DeVoto published his essay "Shall We Let Them Ruin Our National Parks?" in the Saturday Evening Post and spurred nationwide opposition. Soon the Sierra Club, the Wilderness Society, and other organizations embraced preserving Echo Park. By the spring of 1956 the coalition of wilderness enthusiasts and conservation organizations had faced down the dam's proponents and forced Congress to cancel its construction.
As Professor Harvey makes clear, the battle to save Echo Park marked the first major clash between preservationists and developers after World War II, a conflict that replays itself in the West with greater intensity each decade.

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Harvey details the first major clash between conservationists and developers after World War II, the successful fight to prevent the building of Echo Park Dam. The dam on the Green River was intended to create a recreational lake in northwest Colorado and generate hydroelectric power but would have flooded picturesque Echo Park Valley and threatened Dinosaur National Monument, straddling the Utah-Colorado border.

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