By Mark W. T. Harvey
Dinosaur nationwide Monument straddles the Utah-Colorado border close to Wyoming. It attracted little recognition and few viewers until eventually plans to block the fairway River and flood picturesque Echo Park Valley sparked public competition within the early Fifties. Echo Park Dam might have threatened a part of this nationwide monument, a prospect that alarmed the nationwide Park provider. In July 1950 the author Bernard DeVoto released his essay,"Shall We allow them to damage Our nationwide Parks?" within the "Saturday night publish" and spurred national competition. quickly the Sierra membership, the barren region Society, and different corporations embraced preservind Echo Park. by way of the spring of 1956 the coalition of desolate tract fanatics and conservation agencies had confronted down the dam's proponents and strength Congress to cancel its building. As Professor Harvey makes transparent, the conflict to save lots of Echo Park marked the 1st significant conflict among preservationists and builders after international conflict II, a clash that replays itself within the West with higher depth each one decade.
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For the defenders of Dinosaur who lacked recourse to environmental impact statements or other legal weapons available to a later generation of environmentalists, political allies proved vitally necessary to their campaign. " In addition, the CRSP disturbed California which considered its own claims to the Colorado River endangered by upper basin demands. At times the controversy over Echo Park Dam appeared to be subsumed to an even fiercer struggle over the Colorado River between upstream and downstream states.
A Sierra Club float trip in the summer of 1953. Wallace Stegner, professor of literature at Stanford University. , in Split Mountain Canyon. A river trip through Dinosaur in 1971. Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. MAPS Dinosaur National Monument 6 Features of Dinosaur National Monument 8 Colorado River Basin 28 Proposed Reservoir Sites of the Upper Colorado River Basin 136 Dams on the Lower Colorado River 229 Page xi Preface In the middle of the 1950s the best known conflict over public lands and scenic preserves in the United States centered on a proposal to build a large dam near Echo Park inside Dinosaur National Monument.
Larry Anderson has taught me a great deal about the Wilderness Society, and I appreciate his generosity in sharing his own research on Benton MacKaye. C. My colleagues in the history department at North Dakota State Page xxiv University have been supportive and generous with their time and collegiality. I am particularly grateful to Larry Peterson, chair of the department, for furnishing release time from teaching to work on the manuscript. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at NDSU has provided financial support for several research trips.
A Symbol of Wilderness: Echo Park and the American Conservation Movement by Mark W. T. Harvey