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Reviews for Smithsonian Book of  National Wildlife Refuges:


"Dolin explores America's National Wildlife Refuges and the movement to protect the nation's wildlife in this very readable history of a globally unique network of federal lands. The absorbing saga of the growth of the refuge system makes for fascinating reading, as politics often scuffled with biology, and inconsistencies in the laws between states, and between states and the federal government, had to be ironed out. The system now contains more than 530 refuges comprising 95 million acres of federally protected land, conserving hundreds of wildlife species and visited by millions of people every year. Illustrated with evocative color photographs and period illustrations." Nancy Bent -- Booklist


"Outstanding book . . . Highly and enthusiastically recommended for all public libraries and all environmental collections." Library Journal


"A terrific job . . . The result is a coffee table book worth buying a coffee table for." The Baltimore Sun


"The remarkable photographs and accompanying text reveal the rich history of America's 538 national wildlife refuges." Outdoor Photographer


"The stories of Teddy Roosevelt . . . ‘Ding’ Darling, and other indomitable historic figures are woven into the inspiring saga." Wildlife Conservation


"This richly illustrated retrospective could not be more timely." Nature Conservancy


"Exquisitely photographed history and overview of America's National Wildlife Refuge System . . . visually gripping and well-written." The Los Angeles Times


"This beautiful book has two distinct personalities: It is a handsome coffee table book and an informative history of the National Wildlife Refuge system in the United States. . . . The analysis is thorough and explores how particular pieces of environmental legislation (including a recent and long-overdue 1997 mission statement putting wildlife interests first within the refuges) and a growing American environmental awareness have helped to nurture the system. . . . The photography is first rate, with numerous breathtaking shots of landscapes and organisms that are found in the 538 refuges." Environment



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