By Lynne Heasley

ISBN-10: 0299213900

ISBN-13: 9780299213909

A Thousand items of Paradise is an ecological historical past of estate and a cultural heritage of rural ecosystems set in a single of Wisconsin’s most renowned areas, the Kickapoo Valley. whereas reading the nationwide warfare on soil erosion within the Nineteen Thirties, a debatable genuine property improvement scheme, Amish land cost, a U.S. military Corps of Engineers dam venture, and local American efforts to claim longstanding land claims, Lynne Heasley strains the ancient improvement of recent American estate debates inside ever-more-diverse rural landscapes and cultures. Heasley argues that the best way public discourse has framed environmental debates hides the total form our process of estate has taken in rural groups and landscapes. She indicates how democratic and fluid visions of property—based on neighborhood relationships—have coexisted along individualistic visions of estate rights. during this environmental biography of a panorama and its humans lie strong classes for rural groups trying to comprehend and reconcile competing values approximately land and their position in it.

Published in organization with the guts for American areas, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Staunton, Virginia. www.americanplaces.org


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By 1965, absentee owners had made inroads in Liberty; by 1978, they had bought nearly half the land there; and by 1995, they controlled the majority of the township. These are data that rural areas around the country might take to be their own. They know firsthand the trend from local to absentee land ownership. Figure 3 represents Liberty’s landscape from 1939 to 1995—its dynamic pattern of agricultural fields, pasture, and forest. The eye will naturally 21 Figure 2. Trends in absentee land ownership in the township of Liberty, 1930–95.

81 Bennett was emphasizing a persistent theme in national policy: that with the right approach, control over agricultural commodities and control over erosion could walk hand in hand. In fact, though, conservation policies had not stalled. Both the twin goals that lay behind them and their actual implementation persisted into the 1950s. It was only that Zeasman and Bennett were not in a position to see the pivotal historical moment at hand. Thus they could not see the implications of evolving soil conservation programs.

For one thing, it included the problem-oriented detail that was so much a part of Zeasman’s work. The demonstration would synthesize current science on the physical processes of soil erosion and the techniques that could successfully retard them. ” Framing the details, however, was a comprehensive philosophy that appealed mightily to Bennett, and this philosophy bore the unmistakable signature of Leopold: “Erosion control is not a challenge to technical men to work out methods which will permit farmers to continue any and all present land uses.

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