A Wallace Stegner Center Green Bag
S.J. Quinney College of Law, Room 106
Bob Keiter will read from and discuss his new book which argues the goal of the national parks system “to conserve unimpaired” is not as straightforward as it seems. Keiter traces the history of the national park idea from its inception to its uncertain future. Ultimately, Keiter demonstrates that parks cannot be treated as special islands and must be managed as critical cores of a larger ecosystem. Today’s mandate must remain to conserve unimpaired – but Keiter shows how the national park idea can and must go much farther.
“Keiter offers a clear understanding of the origin of national parks and controversies that continue through today. How would parks balance wilderness values, enjoyment of visitors, science, and education? Making the case that parks are a central tenet of conservation, To Conserve Unimpaired offers key insights into today’s challenges to sustain the value of national parks into the future.”
– Jodi Hilty, North American Program Director, Wildlife Conservation Society.
Keiter is the Wallace Stegner Center Professor of Law, University Distinguished Professor, and founding Director of the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. He has served on the boards of the National Parks Conservation Association, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, the Sonoran Institute, and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. In 2008, the National Parks Conservation Association honored him with its National Parks Achievement Award.
His other books include Keeping Faith with Nature: Ecosystems, Democracy, and America’s Public Lands (2003); Reclaiming the Native Home of Hope: Community, Ecology, and the West (1998); and The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem: Redefining America’s Wilderness Heritage (1991).