The Fight to Save the Redwoods: A History of Environmental by Susan R. Schrepfer

By Susan R. Schrepfer

Strains the efforts of the Sierra membership and different conservation businesses to avoid wasting the California redwood, and discusses the talk that surrounded the nationwide parks circulation.

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Obviously, establishment of a permanent system of local commissions would not shift this balance of power. The effort of these land reformers was thus similar to prewar municipal reformers who found that the ward system and city legislatures did not adequately represent their city-wide political and economic interests. The park men were not pursuing self-interest but similarly strove to replace the political status quo with a businesslike administration that was rational, efficient, and more truly reflective of concerns that were "not bounded by geography.

Pinchot claimed to have originated the term and employed it deliberately to exclude those who advocated wilderness preservation. Although his claim to originality was erroneous, his application was historically justified. 3l Despite the schism, both conservation and preservation prospered. By 1916 the Forest Service administered 155 million acres of national forest. That same year the National Park Service was created within the Department of the Interior to oversee lands the federal government had decided over the years to retain as parks-from Yellowstone to the Sierra Nevada preserves championed by Muir.

The men of the league did not believe that the State Forestry Board had demonstrated an aptitude for park management. This task required specialized training in the subtleties of wilderness protection, as well as in the accommodation and instruction of the public. 61 In behalf of its proposals, the league launched a six-month campaign in January, 1925, with a mass meeting sponsored jointly with the Sierra and the Sempervirens clubs. 63 The Pacific Lumber Company led the opposition, arguing that designating an area for acquisition would automatically confuse the land's title.

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