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Crossing the Next Meridian: Land, Water, and the Future of the West

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In Crossing the Next Meridian, Charles F. Wilkinson, an expert on federal public lands, Native American issues, and the West's arcane water laws explains some of the core problems facing the American West now and in the years to come. He examines the outmoded ideas that pervade land use and resource allocation and argues that significant reform of Western law is needed to ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by Island Press (first published 1992)
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Jun 27, 2008 Debocracy rated it it was amazing
Charles Wilkinson is a professor of Law at the University of Colorado. I got this book from the clearance table at my law school. How shameful! Every law student should read this book.

Professor Wilkinson, a splendid writer, tells the story of how the laws governing land and water use in the West have given rise to poor policies and poor outcomes for the health and survival of the region.

After reading it, I felt that I had a beginner's grasp of the problems created by current laws. I also felt
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May 28, 2012 Les Aucoin rated it it was amazing
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This book, written by an acquaintance of mine, stands as one of the two iconic works that examine the nexus of politics and the natural environment. Anyone who cares about the landscape of the west and its flora and fauna should have it in their library. The other indispensable work is Roderick Nash's WILDERNESS AND THE AMERICAN MIND, which traces the roots of our "Manifest Destiny" to subjugate the land.
Jan 29, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it
Would love to see an update to this book someday, too much of these stories still hold sway, many of the laws that have been mentioned that have affected the West are still in power; but many other things have changed in the last 20 years and I would like to see this kind of overview on all of those changes.
Oct 27, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it
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This book is a great introduction to a variety of natural resources in the west, and why we are where we are in that regard. Unfortunately, as someone who has been studying the field, I didn't learn anything new. I would recommend for someone who is interested but a little less familiar.
Jan 28, 2010 Lindsay rated it really liked it
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Wow. I didn't expect to enjoy this material as much as I did. Even after I finished what was assigned, I kept reading on in disbelief at the antiquated, unfair resource use and extraction laws that still govern western land management.
Feb 11, 2014 Amber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: phd-program, re-read
This is such an excellent introduction to the issues faced in the West, particularly in regards to public resources. It's over twenty years old but is still incredibly relevant.
Aug 10, 2011 Ariel rated it liked it
Although I was forced to read this for a class, I found it an interesting examination of how the legal and governmental framework surrounding environmental issues in the west formed.
Jul 08, 2008 Jill rated it liked it
Ok, I read it for class, but still found it interesting. I am officially a Charles groupie at this point. I go up to his office and try to run into him "by accident."
Oct 24, 2007 Marissa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: west coasters
and amazing overview of the issues the western US faces. great reference.
Feb 01, 2008 Eric rated it it was amazing
very good environmental book
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