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Crown Jewel Wilderness

Creating North Cascades National Park

Lauren Danner

$29.95

Geographic isolation shielded the spectacular North Cascades from extensive resource extraction and development. Conservationists mobilized, seeking to establish a national park that prioritized wilderness. This engaging account traces how changing values, grassroots activism, and political compromise resulted in the 1968 creation of North Cascades National Park, a Northwest crown jewel.

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Remote, rugged, and spectacularly majestic, with stunning alpine meadows and jagged peaks that soar beyond ten thousand feet, North Cascades National Park is one of the Pacific Northwest’s crown jewels. Now, in the first full-length account, Lauren Danner chronicles its creation—just in time for the park’s fiftieth anniversary in 2018.

The North Cascades range benefited from geographic isolation that shielded its mountains from extensive resource extraction and development. Efforts to establish a park began as early as 1892, but gained traction after World War II as economic affluence sparked national interest in wilderness preservation and growing concerns about the impact of harvesting timber to meet escalating postwar housing demands.

As the environmental movement matured, a 1950s Glacier Peak study mobilized conservationists to seek establishment of a national park that prioritized wilderness. Concerned about the National Park Service’s policy favoring development for tourism and the United States Forest Service’s policy promoting logging on the national forests, conservationists leveraged a changing political environment and the evolving environmental values of the natural resource agencies to achieve the goal of permanent wilderness protection. Their grassroots activism became increasingly sophisticated, eventually leading to the compromise that resulted in the 1968 creation of Washington’s magnificent third national park.

Lauren Danner, PhD, is a writer and historian based in Olympia, Washington. She focuses on public lands policy, Pacific Northwest and environmental history, and outdoor recreation. A former college professor, museum director, and Washington State field coordinator for the Lewis and Clark bicentennial, she now writes at laurendanner.com.

Illustrations / maps / notes / bibliography / index / 326 pages (2017)

$29.95 paperback

 

Recognition

“An engaging history of the movement to create North Cascades National Park…The story is not as well-known as it deserves to be.”
—Chris Johnson, historian, National Park Service, Pacific West Regional Office, Seattle

“Lauren Danner’s engaging treatise on the North Cascade Mountain Range provides a window into the history federal land management and its impact on the West in the twentieth-century.…A highly readable book for those interested in how America’s federal landscape is shaped.”
—Lincoln Bramwell, PhD, Chief Historian, Forest Service Washington Office

“This is an uplifting story for our times. It is not only scholarly, it is inspiring.”
—Michael McCloskey, former Pacific Northwest conservation representative and author, Conserving Oregon’s Environment: Breakthroughs That Made History

“Danner’s story of the inception of North Cascades National Park diligently documents the political realities undergirding the park’s creation in 1968…[It is] a meticulously researched contribution to environmental history, environmental policy, and agency histories.”
—Donna Sinclair, Independent Scholar, Adjunct Professor, WSU Vancouver and Portland State University

Additional information

Dimensions 6 x 9 in
Format

Paperback