The University of Wisconsin Press
Environmental Studies / Great Lakes
Environmental Politics and the
Creation of a Dream
Establishing the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Harold C. Jordahl Jr., with Annie L. Booth
Wisconsin Land and Life
“There is not another collection of islands of this
significance within the continental boundaries of the United States. I think it is tremendously important that this collection of islands be preserved.”
—Gaylord A. Nelson
The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a breathtakingly beautiful archipelago of twenty-two islands in Lake Superior, just off the tip of northern Wisconsin. For years, the national park has been a favorite destination for tourists and locals alike, but the remarkable story behind its creation is little known. In Environmental Politics and the Creation of a Dream, Harold Jordahl, one of the primary advocates for
designating the islands as a national park, discloses the full story behind the effort to preserve their natural beauty for posterity. He describes in detail the political and bureaucratic complexities of the national lakeshore campaign, augmented by his own personal recollections and those of such prominent figures as Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson and President John F. Kennedy. Writing in collaboration with Annie Booth, Jordahl recounts how activists, legislators, media, local residents, and other players shaped the islands’ future establishment as a national park.
“Bud Jordahl was one of those insiders with know-how who helped giants like Gaylord Nelson to achieve so much as champions of environmental preservation. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is just one shining example.”—Congressman David R. Obey
“In detailing the intricacies and challenges of protecting the Apostle Islands, Environmental Politics and the Creation of a Dream makes clear that these difficulties are not isolated to particular places and times. To that end, Jordahl provides inspiration and guidance. While of particular interest to those interested in Wisconsin environmental history and politics, Jordahl's book reaches out to all visionaries concerned with the protection of the nation's natural resources.”
Wisconsin Land and Life
Arnold Alanen, Series Editor
Harold Jordahl (1926–2010) was professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and former chair of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board.
Annie Booth is associate professor in the Ecosystem Science and Management Program at the University of Northern British Columbia.
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LC: 2010044624 F
360 pp. 6 x 9
12 b/w illus., 3 maps
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