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By Douglas Cazaux Sackman

A spouse to American Environmental History gathers jointly a finished selection of over 30 essays that research the evolving and numerous box of yankee environmental history.

  • Provides a whole historiography of yankee environmental history
  • Brings the sphere updated to mirror the newest tendencies and encourages new instructions for the field
  • Includes the paintings of path-breaking environmental historians, from the founders of the sector, to  contributions from cutting edge younger scholars
  • Takes inventory of the self-discipline via 5 topically themed components, with essays starting from American Indian Environmental family to towns and Suburbs

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Thus, almost immediately upon the closing of the frontier in 1890, Congress passed the Forest Reserve Act of 1891, which authorized a system of forest reserves to constrain grazing, lumbering, and wildfire, and thereby to prevent erosion. Influential Californians like Muir echoed the call, and some officials were pointing out that severe erosion from the Sierra was filling the higher reaches of the San Joaquin River with mud. Farmers and farm country advocates soon joined the clamor for watershed protection to protect the irrigated lowlands of the San Joaquin Valley (McKelvey and Johnston 1992).

A series of lightning strikes ignited a blaze not far from Shadow Lake just a couple of months ago. The area is so remote that it burned for over a week before authorities got word of the blaze and dispatched a helicopter with fifty firefighters to extinguish it (McClatchy News 2008a). Whether this mountain remains a workscape is a question we shall return to below. For now, if cultivating a landscape through fire is work, so is firefighting. And as work, a century of firefighting has made of the eastern Sierra a dramatically different place from the one we have just described.

See Montrie (2008), Stewart (1996), Sackman (2005: 123–53), Kosek (2006: 103–41), and Chiang (2008). 8 million acres in 20 wilderness areas. See US Forest Service (2009). 26 L O U I S S . WA R R E N 6 A representative sampling of Sierra Nevada glaciers in 2004 revealed declines between 31 and 78 percent over the past century (Braasch 2009); the image of dark peaks is a reference to Orlove et al. (2008). REFERENCES Anderson, M. Kat. 2005. Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California’s Natural Resources.

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