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"Correction Lines is a valuable synthesis of the evolution of conservation from its beginnings in the nineteenth century to the present. These pages have captured the ever-changing social values and progression of scientific knowledge that influence conservation. In his customary thoughtful and readable style, Curt Meine links the past to the future of the human relationship with the land."
(Mike Dombeck Pioneer Professor of Global Environmental Management, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point)

About the Author

Curt Meine is a writer and conservation biologist. He is author of the biography Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work (University of Wisconsin Press, 1988), editor of the collection Wallace Stegner and the Continental Vision (Island Press, 1997), and co-editor with Richard L. Knight of The Essential Aldo Leopold (University of Wisconsin Press, 1999). He has served on the board of governors of the Society for Conservation Biology and sits on the editorial boards of the journals Conservation Biology and Environmental Ethics.

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  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 1st edition (October 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559637323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559637329
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thossy on January 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
I heard Curt Meine speak at the 2008 "Prairie Festival" at The Land Institute in Salina, KS, and was inspired to buy his book "Correction Lines: Essays on Land, Leopold and Conservation."

It is a thoughtful, if open ended, trace of the conservation movement in America that evinces the fundamental understanding that "In the end, the landscape of America is our portrait of ourselves." That, of course, prompts the conception of many challenges, some of which Meine discusses, particularly the construct of a land ethic, along with big questions that we must resolve about our relationship to the land, the earth, the seas...

A significant chapter, "Inherit the Grid," discusses the grid delineated by the land survey system which structures 70 percent of the U.S. "with complete disregard of terrain." This system, established in the 1790s, allowed orderly population of our Western frontier lands and forever altered our relationship to most of the continent.

Meine writes well and mines Aldo Leopold's life and writings extensively.

This is not so much a book to devour but, rather, one to sip occasionally, allowing the ideas to percolate, lest they prove overwhelming. If you want to approach our world in terms of "green" or "sustainable" or "natural," this book is an important one to read.
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