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National parks are a distinctively American idea. But it takes people to make them happen. This unique, insider's account tells how Bay Area activists forged bipartisan local and national support for an unprecedented campaign to create a great new national park. In 1970, beginning with the former Army lands originally reserved to protect San Francisco Bay, the grassroots People for a Golden Gate National Recreation Area succeeded in preserving all of the spectacular land that frames the Golden Gate. Spanning more than thirty eventful years, Amy Meyer tells the story of how dedicated citizens, including visionary conservationist Edgar Wayburn, master politician Phillip Burton, and a battalion of lesser-known but key allies made our democratic system work for the common good and won their fight to save these dramatic and historic lands for all of the American people. Pictures by noted California photographers capture the park's grandeur and new activities. "New Guardians for the Golden Gate" tells how a bold vision, dedicated citizens, and a variety of old and new conservation strategies saved these magnificent lands for all time.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520235342
ISBN-10: 0520235347
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 203mm x 33mm)
Pages: 390
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 21-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Amy Meyer

Amy Meyer is co-chair of People for a Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Randolph Delehanty, PhD, is a historian and author.