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America's Conservation Impulse: A Century of Saving Trees in the Old Line State (Center Books) Hardcover – March 30, 2011

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Product Details

  • Series: Center Books
  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Center for American Places (March 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935195034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935195030
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,056,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geoff Buckley’s book is at the juncture of two important strands of conservation history: rural forestry and urban tree management. The book does precisely what a book so situated should do: it brings the two subjects together by exploring their common roots, illuminating their common and unique problems, and showing how their histories are intertwined. Buckley’s decision to use the career of Fred Besley as the spine of his story is inspired, for he was considered ‘the dean of American forestry’ at the time of his retirement. America’s Conservation Impulse is a well-written and handsomely illustrated narrative that moves along with justified assurance. I am very positive about the book.

(Ronald Foresta, Professor of Geography, University of Tennessee)

America’s Conservation Impulse is well-researched and -written, interesting and engaging. Readers will enjoy how Dr. Buckley places the main narrative into a larger social context, connecting the past to the present with thoughts to what we face in the future.

(J. Morgan Grove, Northern Research Station, United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service)

"[A] handsome and engaging book....Buckley's in-depth research has recaptured Besley's many achievements. Every bit as important is his analysis of Baltimore's more checkered history of urban forestry."

(Char Miller Journal of Forestry)

About the Author

Geoffrey L. Buckley is Associate Professor of Geography at Ohio University and the author of Extracting Appalachia: Images of the Consolidation Coal Company, 1910–1945.

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By Kim on October 19, 2013
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This book discusses the history of Maryland's state forestry department and Baltimore's street tree program. I loved how he was able to illustrate the factors in creating Maryland's forestry conservation law and how Fred Beasely, Maryland's first forester, created a legacy that still inspires Marylanders over 100 years later. Great job, Geoffrey!
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