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Description - The Adirondacks by Gary A. Randorf

Gary A. Randorf offers 100 photographs to illustrate this unique, comprehensive history and natural history of the Adirondack Park, the first private-public partnership in the United States dedicated to the protection of a wilderness area. Situated in northeast New York, this regional park of six million acres represents a unique blend of public wildlands intermixed with commercial forests, farms, mines, private parks, prisons, scattered homes, dozens of villages, and a year-round population of 130,000. The ongoing attempts over the last century to make the Adirondacks a park have made this region a "striving ground" for living with the land, rather than outside or above it. Much of the strife is over finding a right relationship to the land, treating it not as a commodity to be exploited but as a community to which all living things belong and upon which all depend. Today, the Adirondacks regional park with its six million acres "represents a second-chance wilderness" - as Bill McKibben writes in his foreword to this book. The concerns of this park are the same concerns that apply to all of America's parks, recreational areas, and wildernesses, with the addition of how to maintain the fragile peace between human and natural communities. How that "second-chance" can be realized is the focus of Gary Randorf's text and colour photographs.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801869532
ISBN-10: 0801869536
Format: Paperback
(260mm x 229mm x mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 10-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Gary A. Randorf

Gary A. Randorf is senior counselor to The Adirondack Council in Elizabethtown, NY, and a free-lance photographer and writer.