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Crossing the Next Meridian : Land, Water, and the Future of the West - Charles F. Wilkinson

Crossing the Next Meridian

Land, Water, and the Future of the West

Hardcover Published: 1st September 1992
ISBN: 9781559631501
Number Of Pages: 389

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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 combat desertification and environmental decline, and to heal splintered communities. Interweaving legal history with examples of present-day consequences of the laws, both intended and unintended, Wilkinson traces the origins and development of the laws and regulations that govern mining, ranching, forestry, and water use. He relates stories of Westerners who face these issues on a day-to-day basis, and discusses what can and should be done to bring government policies in line with the reality of twentieth-century American life.

"I know of no book about the structure, attitudes, history, and future of Western Society that does so much, so clearly, and so fairly, as this one."--Wallace Stegner

The Lords of Yesterdayp. 3
The Miner's Lawp. 28
The Rancher's Codep. 75
Forests for the Home-Builder First of Allp. 114
"The River Was Crouded with Salmon"p. 175
Harvesting the April Riversp. 219
Crossing the Next Meridianp. 293
Notesp. 307
Acknowledgmentsp. 363
Indexp. 367
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781559631501
ISBN-10: 1559631503
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 389
Published: 1st September 1992
Publisher: ISLAND PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.73