By Robert W. Righter
Captures the definitive, hard-won conflict for the upkeep of Jackson gap and Grand Teton nationwide Park.
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Extra resources for Crucible for conservation: the creation of Grand Teton National Park
It is, therefore, not surprising that the ownership and use of the Teton mountains and Jackson Hole should have excited the emotions of those directly as well as indirectly involved. A great prize was at stake: one of the picturesque places in the nation. The story to be told in this narrative is how that prize was preserved for the American people. It is a story of patient determination. It is the drama of a significant conservation victory won over a period of some thirty-five years. It is a chronicle of a group of determined individuals who fought to create the gem of the national park systemGrand Teton National Park.
8 Yet the parks suffered from the lack of appropriations and a clear purpose, and from the domination of the utilitarian conservation philosophy. It became evident to dedicated park advocates such as J. Horace McFarland that the national parks would thrive only under a new and dedicated agency. " Four years later his recommendation became law through the National Park Service Act. "9 Even before the passage of the act two men were quietly taking over the reins of the disparate park system. Stephen Mather was sworn in as assistant to Secretary of the Interior Franklin K.
16 These examples of the shoddy care of Yosemite Valley and Yellowstone suggest that the day had not yet arrived when preservation of natural beauty would be accepted and supported by a large segment of the populace. Broad sentiment for preservation of places of exceptional scenic grandeur would not emerge until the turn of the century. By that time an important movement swept the nation. The conservation movement influenced land use decisions throughout the American West, but no more profoundly than in Jackson Hole and the surrounding mountains.