By Mark W. T. Harvey
Dinosaur nationwide Monument straddles the Utah-Colorado border close to Wyoming. It attracted little awareness and few viewers until eventually plans to block the fairway River and flood picturesque Echo Park Valley sparked public competition within the early Nineteen 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 break Our nationwide Parks?" within the "Saturday night publish" and spurred national competition. quickly the Sierra membership, the barren region Society, and different firms embraced preservind Echo Park. by way of the spring of 1956 the coalition of barren region lovers and conservation corporations 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 warfare II, a clash that replays itself within the West with better depth every one decade.
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Extra resources for A Symbol of Wilderness: Echo Park and the American Conservation Movement
They hoped that the Park Service would allow some of the fossil bones to remain in place for public viewing, and they urged that a display be erected that would help to attract tourists. Earl Douglass himself expressed interest in such a project; indeed, he became a spokesman for local business interests. 7 Then, in subsequent years, despite his intention, the Department Page 8 of the Interior and the National Park Service continued to permit the Carnegie Museum to remove skeletons, and by 1923 they were nearly gone.
Their concerns grew out of the growing pressures on public lands in the West during the postwar eco- Page xiv nomic spurt. From the middle to late 1940s conservationists witnessed a number of threats to national parks and monuments, including Olympic and Kings Canyon National Parks and Jackson Hole National Monument, the forerunner of Grand Teton National Park. Logging firms, resort developers, and other interests also sought to exploit resources in primitive and roadless areas in national forests in Minnesota and California as well, prompting the Wilderness Society and its allies to press for added protection of such areas.
Like many other states in the West, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico experienced considerable economic growth during the war, a fact which increased their appetite for water and power and spurred demands for dams along the upper Colorado River. States on the lower Colorado River, namely Nevada and California, had already benefitted economically from the water and power provided by Hoover Dam and various aqueducts and canals built in the 1930s and 1940s. As urban and industrial growth sprouted in the upper basin states during the war, residents there fervently hoped that their own turn Page xiii for large scale water development had come.
A Symbol of Wilderness: Echo Park and the American Conservation Movement by Mark W. T. Harvey