Environmental Politics and the Creation of a Dream : Establishing the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-04-22
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr

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The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a breathtakingly beautiful archipelago of twenty-two islands in Lake Superior, just off the tip of northern Wisconsin. For years, the national park has been a favorite destination for tourists and locals alike, but the remarkable story behind its creation is little known. InEnvironmental Politics and the Creation of a Dream, Harold Jordahl, one of the primary advocates for designating the islands as a national park, discloses the full story behind the effort to preserve their natural beauty for posterity. He describes in detail the political and bureaucratic complexities of the national lakeshore campaign, augmented by his own personal recollections and those of such prominent figures as Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson and President John F. Kennedy. Writing in collaboration with Annie Booth, Jordahl recounts how activists, legislators, media, local residents, and other players shaped the islandsrs" future establishment as a national park.

Author Biography

Harold Bud Jordahl, Jr. (1926-2010) was professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and former chair of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board and was inducted into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame. Annie L. Booth is associate professor in the Ecosystem Science and Management Program at the University of Northern British Columbia.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
List of Abbreviationsp. xvii
Introductionp. 3
The National and State Context for the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
The Apostle Islands in Historical Contextp. 11
The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Political Context: State and Federal Initiativesp. 24
A New Era in Wisconsin: Gaylord A. Nelson and Conservationp. 49
Establishing the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
The 1960s Road to a Lakeshore: The Decade of Planning, Bureaucratic Obfuscation, and Politicsp. 69
The Blowup-Or, Do We Have a Lakeshore?p. 100
Long Island at Lastp. 117
Issues and Policy Studies
Planning the Lakeshorep. 149
The Role of Politics in Establishing the Lakeshorep. 166
The Sellers of Dreams: The Role of the Media in Supporting the Lakeshorep. 185
The Local Citizens and the Lakeshorep. 207
The State and the Apostle Islandsp. 219
The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the Native Americansp. 255
Reflectionsp. 297
A Chronology of Significant Events Regarding the Apostle Islands National Lakeshorep. 319
Identification of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Participantsp. 323
Bills on the Apostle Islands National Lakeshorep. 328
Notesp. 331
Indexp. 379
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