Since the first edition of this book was published ten years ago, the U.S. national park system has more than doubled in size, and the National Park Service (NPS) has been subjected to more political manipulation than at any time since the agency was established in 1916. Before 1972, no NPS director had ever been removed for political reasons; sinc
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Prologue: “For the Good of the Service” -- The First Parks -- The New Bureau -- The Organization and Its People -- Park Service Functions and Activities -- Has Success Spoiled the National Parks? -- Threats to the Parks -- Wilderness Management -- The Problem of Concessions -- The Alaskan Park System -- The Politicizing of the Park Service -- Parks Around the World -- A Forecast -- The Organic Acts of the National Park Service -- The National Park System
William C. Everhart according to current NPS director Russell Dickenson, has credentials for commenting on the NPS that "are as good as a man can have." He began his career in the NPS in 1951 as park historian, and after his retirement in 1977 from the position of assistant to the director for policy, he has been a visiting professor at Clemson University and a consultant to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson.