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Where Land and Water Meet


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Foreword/On the Margins, by William Cronon


1/Ranchers in the Malheur Lake Basin2/Conflicts between Ranchers and Homesteaders3/Buying the Blitzen4/Managing Ducks5/Grazing, Floods, and Fish6/Pragmatic Adaptive Management

NotesSelected BibliographyIndex

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A case study of one of the most important wildlife refuges in America

About the Author

Nancy Langston is associate professor of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is the author of Forest Dreams, Forest Nightmares: The Paradox of Old Growth in the Inland West.


In Where Land and Water Meet, environmental historian Nancy Langston delivers an intricate, well-researched expose of how changes in human values and social goals have informed land use and land management decisions at the present-day Malheur National Wildlife Refuge..[T]his is an excellent example of environmental history by an experienced researcher and writer.

* Ecological Restoration *

Where Land and Water Meet is a thoughtful journey along the borders between land and water, between the human and the natural. A timely examination of the creation and evolution of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, it coincides with the centennial of the refuge system and more recent conflicts involving the water resources of the Pacific Northwest.

* Environmental History *

A sophisticated yet accessible analysis of the intersection of nature and culture. More importantly, however, it moves beyond simple criticisms of the problems inherent in wildlife and natural resource management and advances a nuanced program for those invested in land management, outdoor recreation, farming, ranching, and the environment.

* H-Net Book Review *

A scholarly gem linking past, present, and future land policies..[T]his much needed case history effectively links the management history of wetlands with modern theories of landscape ecology and adaptive management. It is concise, well written, and compelling.

* Pacific Northwest Quarterly *

As with her previous work, Langston demonstrates a knack for using detailed case studies to reflect on changes throughout the West, and indeed, the relationship between people and the natural world. Though trained in ecology, Langston is also a skilled historian and graceful writer. Environmental historians pride themselves on their ability to synthesize scientific and historical knowledge. Once again, Langston demonstrates that she does this better than almost anyone in the field.

* Journal of the History of Biology *

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