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A Symbol of Wilderness: Echo Park and the American Conservation Movement.

Mark W.T. Harvey. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2000. 400 pp. $19.95 Paperbound.

A Symbol of Wilderness: Echo Park and the American Conservation Movement details the first major clash between conservationists and developers after World War II--the successful fight to prevent the building of Echo Park Dam. The dam on the Green River was intended to create a recreational lake in northwest Colorado and generate hydroelectric power, but would have flooded picturesque Echo Park Valley and threatened Dinosaur National Monument, straddling the Utah-Colorado Border. This book helps understand the history of modern environmentalism and the relationship between large-scale dams and the environmental movement.

Mark W.T. Harvey is associate professor of history at North Dakota State University in Fargo.
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Date:Sep 22, 2000
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