Last Great Wilderness

The Campaign to Establish the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Roger Kaye

Roger Kaye

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

304 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2006
Cloth $29.95 ISBN: 9781889963839 Published May 2006
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is at the center of the conflict between America’s demand for oil and nature at its most pristine. Three decades before the battle over oil development began, a group of visionary conservationists launched a controversial campaign to preserve a remote corner of Alaska. Their goal was unprecedented—to protect an entire ecosystem for future generations. Among these conservationists were Olaus and Margaret Murie, who became icons of the wilderness movement.

Last Great Wilderness chronicles their fight and that of their compatriots, tracing the transformation of this little-known expanse of mountains, forest, and tundra into a symbolic landscape embodying the ideals and aspirations that led to passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964.
Bill Meadows, President, Wilderness Society
"At once a great story and an authoritative history, documenting the power of wilderness values and the determination of those who fought to preserve a remarkable place."
David Peck | Magill Book Reviews
"Kaye tells a detailed story of idealism and politics, richly illustrated by maps, drawings, and stunning color photographs."
Contents
Map of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Color plates
 
1     Genesis of the Campaign
2     To Northeast Alaska
3     A Last Great Wilderness
4     The 1956 Sheenjek Expedition
5     Wilderness, Wildlife Range, or Both?
6     Finally, Legislation Introduced
7     Senate Hearings
8     House Passage, Senate Inaction, Executive Action
9     A Symbol of Wilderness
 
Epilogue
Notes
References
Index
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