American Covenant

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National Parks, Their Promise, and Our Nation's Future

Michael A. Soukup and Gary E. Machlis

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Part memoir, part critique, and paean to the value of national parks, American Covenant distills the experience and insights from two long careers in conservation. Michael A. Soukup and Gary E. Machlis show how the national parks are essential to maintaining the essence of our national heritage, and key to America’s future in a changing climate and political landscape.
Sharing real-world examples of both victories and defeats in protecting national parks, this candid, thoughtful book reminds us that the national parks are a promise—a covenant—within and between generations of Americans. The book is also a call to revitalize, reconstitute, reconfigure, and reform the National Park Service, which the authors believe is governed too much by ad hoc management practices and politics instead of a foundation of expertise and science.

Michael A. Soukup served as Chief Scientist for the National Park Service. He lives in Blue Hill, ME. Gary E. Machlis is University Professor of Environmental Sustainability at Clemson University, and served as Science Advisor to the Director of the National Park Service. He lives in Central, SC.

American Covenant is a unique and personal contribution showcasing the hard-earned wisdom of two experts who know the U.S. National ParkService the best. Their stories and anecdotes illustrate why national parks are important for both individuals and our nation as a whole .”—Justin Farrell, author of Billionaire Wilderness: The Ultra-Wealthy and the Remaking of the American West

ISBN: 9780300140354
Publication Date: March 23, 2021
224 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
10 b/w illus.
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