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The American West at Risk: Science, Myths, and Politics of Land Abuse and Recovery

Howard G. Wilshire, Richard W. Hazlett, and Jane E. Nielson


The American West at Risk summarizes the dominant human-generated environmental challenges in the 11 contiguous arid western United States - America's legendary, even mythical, frontier. When discovered by European explorers and later settlers, the west boasted rich soils, bountiful fisheries, immense, dense forests, sparkling streams, untapped ore deposits, and oil bonanzas. It now faces depletion of many of these resources, and potentially serious threats to its few "renewable" resources. The importance of this story is that preserving lands has a central role for protecting air and water qu ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195142051
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195142051.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Howard G. Wilshire, author

Richard W. Hazlett, author

Jane E. Nielson, author