Yellowstone and the Snowmobile: Locking Horns Over National Park Use by Michael J. Yochim (Hardback, 2009)
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- DescriptionIt is the world's best-kwn national park, with a controversy that amount of sw can bury. Rosy-cheeked swmobilers extol the glories of riding through a winter wonderland, while environmentalists decry the ise, the air pollution, and the harm to wildlife. There seems to be room for compromise. In this first book-length study of winter use in any national park, Michael Yochim examines the long standing conflict between the National Park Service and groups who favor or object to swmobiles in Yellowstone. By illuminating the fundamental drivers of the controversy - American values, community identity, industry influence, and political tampering with policy - he doesn't merely document the debate but shows how increasingly politicized battles have taken a toll on the automy of the NPS and its ability to protect the park. The debate itself, Yochim observes, is t over whether one mode of transportation is more appropriate than ather, but whether it is more important to embrace nature's sacredness or one's personal liberties. With motorized sw travel sanctioned for forty years, swmobilers see their sport as an expression of freedom and rugged individualism, and attempts to curtail their activity as un-American. Conversely, environmentalists see parks as sacred space, so swmobiles to them are inappropriate in what they regard as a temple. Yochim discusses the political and legal intricacies of arguments on both sides in a balanced presentation - one that does t spare the NPS from close scrutiny - and he examines influence on the Park Service from both political parties. Along the way, he teases out the role of science as a policy guide, the place of values in the controversy, and the influence of strident personalities in the debate. In tracing the history of motorized winter recreational use of the park from the earliest days of winter visitation in the 1930s to the present, Yochim shows that what is at stake is more than recreation in one park but the very mission of the NPS - and whether political machinations will keep it from protecting the park and accomplishing that mission. Yellowstone and the Swmobile allows readers to better understand this controversy, one that is unlikely to go away any time soon.
- Author BiographyMichael J. Yochim is an outdoor recreation planner with the National Park Service at Yellowstone National Park, where he has worked for more than twenty years, and has written extensively about the snowmobile controversy in national periodicals.
- Author(s)Michael J. Yochim
- PublisherUniversity Press of Kansas
- Date of Publication15/04/2009
- SubjectEnvironment & Planning
- Place of PublicationKansas
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity Press of Kansas
- Content Note30 photographs, 2 maps
- Weight640 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine28 mm
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