Preserving the Desert

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Lary Dilsaver, in Preserving the Desert, offers the first comprehensive history of Joshua Tree National park, from its inception to the present time, showing how a growing cadre of environmentalists and recreationalists have fought to block ongoing proposals from miners, ranchers, private landowners, and real estate developers who historically have refused to accept the ideal that any desert is suitable for anything other than their consumptive activities. To their dismay, Joshua Tree, even with its often-conflicting land uses, is more popular today than ever,serving more than one million visitors per year who find the desert to be a place worthy of respect and preservation.

Published in association with the Joshua Tree National Park Association