Skirmishing about environmentalism may well continue forever, but the major war is over. It lasted far longer than most people realize.
The naturalist ALDO LEOPOLD not only gave the wilderness idea its most persuasive articulation; he offered a way of thinking that turned the entire history of land use on its head
American attitudes toward them have taken a 180-degree turn over the last century—and so have the battles they provoke
THE PICTURE IS MORE HEARTENING THAN ALL THE LITTLE ONES
For more than a century now, American homeowners have been struggling to remake their small patch of the environment into a soft, green carpet just like the neighbor’s. Who told us this was the way a lawn had to be?
Ninety years ago a highborn zealot named Gifford Pinchot knew more about woodlands than any man in America. What he did about them changed the country we live in and helped define environmentalism.
A hundred and fifty years ago, a sea of grass spread from the Ohio to the Rockies; now only bits and pieces of that awesome wilderness remain for the traveler to discover.
A HERITAGE PRESERVED
Since 1930, more than half of America’s splendid elm trees have succumbed to disease. But science is now fighting back and gaining ground.
Did the Indians have a special, almost noble, affinity with the American environment—or were they despoilers of it? Two historians of the environment explain the profound clash of cultures between Indians and whites that has made each group almost incomprehensible to the other.
We talk about it constantly and we arrange our lives around it. So did our parents; and so did the very first colonists. But it took Americans a long time to understand their weather—and we still have trouble getting it right.
Banished from public view in our cities, this two-hundred-year-old import is alive and well behind the scenes
It’s our most important, profitable, and adaptable crop—the true American staple. But where did it come from?
Piskiou,Vaches Sauvages, Buffler, Prairie Beeves—
So read a welcoming sign over the door of Charles Willson Peale’s great ill-fated museum
Peale’s Greatest Triumph
He was the first Englishman to give a detailed description of the North American wilderness. Was it a pack of lies?
One hundred years ago, Congress created two agencies—the U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Ethnology. Both, according to the author, have since “given direction, form, and stimulation to the science of earth and the science of man, and in so doing have touched millions of lives.”
The quietly compelling legend of America’s gentlest pioneer
The Garden Club of America-once the diversion of leisured ladies—is now a vigorous environmental league
The Colonial Status—Past and Present—of the Great American West
The Last Stand of King Grizzly
In southern California the orange found a home.
Man, Land, and History in the Deepest Gorge on Earth
Why have Americans perceived nature as something to be conquered?
The Seasons of Man in the Ozarks
Our Frontier Heritage of Waste
A trip to the Ozarks in 1910 has left us a unique record of a people by-passed by progress
THE AMERICAN BALD EAGLE