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)
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.