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The American West at Risk: Science, Myths, and Politics of Land Abuse and Recovery

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The American West at Risk summarizes the dominant human-generated environmental challenges in the 11 contiguous arid western United States - America's legendary, even mythical, frontier. When discovered by European explorers and later settlers, the west boasted rich soils, bountiful fisheries, immense, dense forests, sparkling streams, untapped ore deposits, and oil ...more
Hardcover, 619 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Karen
Feb 16, 2009 Karen rated it it was amazing
This book is a gem - it's a well-written investigation that also acts as a reference for many many questions I have had personally and professionally. The authors have been able to synthesize pertinent data in a way that's accessible (much more accessible than public records requests to say the least). I especially appreciate the detail and synthesis of pesticide information. For anyone who has ever had questions about the environmental realities of the West and what needs to be done to address ...more
Mary Dryovage
Apr 28, 2009 Mary Dryovage rated it it was amazing
Howard Wilshire, Jane Nielson and Richard Hazlett have written the must read book on preserving biodiversity, understanding water rights, and stopping the storage of nuclear waste for those of us in the Western U.S. who are working to save the planet for the next generation.

I will write a more detailed review, as soon as I can pull myself away from this fabulous book.
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This book was recomended by author and historian Char Miller as part of the Rocky Mountain Land Library's "A Reading List For the President Elect: A Western Primer for the Next Administration."
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