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American Sportsmen And The Origins Of Conservation John F. Reiger

American Sportsmen And The Origins Of Conservation

John F. Reiger

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ISBN : 9780876911730
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Beginning in the 1870s, sportsmen across America formed hundreds of organizations that not only fostered responsibility for game habitats but also spearheaded the creation of national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges. Reiger tells how theseMoreBeginning in the 1870s, sportsmen across America formed hundreds of organizations that not only fostered responsibility for game habitats but also spearheaded the creation of national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges. Reiger tells how these gentlemen hunters and anglers, outdoor journals like Forest and Stream, and organizations such as the Boone and Crockett Club -- founded by Theodore Roosevelt, George Bird Grinnell, and other prominent sportsmen -- lobbied for laws regulating the taking of wildlife, and helped to arouse public interest in wilderness preservation. In this new edition, Reiger traces the antecedents of the sportsmens conservation movement to the years before the Civil War. He extends his coverage into the present by demonstrating how the nineteenth-century sportsmans code -- with its demand for taking responsibility for the total environment -- continues to be the cornerstone of the sporting ethic. A new Epilogue depicts leading environmental thinker Aldo Leopold as the best-known exponent of this hunter-conservationist ideal.Praised as one of the seminal works in conservation history by historian Hal Rothman, Reigers book continues to be essential reading for all concerned with how earlier Americans regarded the land, demonstrating even to those who oppose hunting that they share with sportsmen and sportswomen an awareness and appreciation of our fragile environment.