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By Lynne Heasley

A Thousand items of Paradise is an ecological background of estate and a cultural historical past of rural ecosystems set in a single of Wisconsin’s most renowned areas, the Kickapoo Valley. whereas interpreting the nationwide warfare on soil erosion within the Nineteen Thirties, a arguable genuine property improvement scheme, Amish land payment, a U.S. military Corps of Engineers dam venture, and local American efforts to say longstanding land claims, Lynne Heasley lines the ancient improvement of contemporary American estate debates inside of ever-more-diverse rural landscapes and cultures. Heasley argues that the best way public discourse has framed environmental debates hides the entire form our process of estate has taken in rural groups and landscapes. She indicates how democratic and fluid visions of property—based on neighborhood relationships—have coexisted along individualistic visions of estate rights. during this environmental biography of a panorama and its humans lie robust classes for rural groups trying to comprehend and reconcile competing values approximately land and their position in it.

Published in organization with the guts for American locations, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Staunton, Virginia. www.americanplaces.org


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Early prophets like Hugh H. Bennett became revered leaders, preaching the gospel of soil conservation. Everyone concerned— Intended Consequences 31 politicians, bureaucrats, public extension agents, university professors and yeoman farmers alike—made emergency preparations for the war on erosion. One SCS employee in the Kickapoo Valley attended a Bennett sermon and described the performance this way: “There he stood, a big man, probably six-foot-four and big all over. He had a round face with heavy jowls and was quite bald.

Rectangular survey, in which surveyors mapped much of the country in township plats of thirty-six square miles divided into sections of one square mile (or 640 acres). 72 Hence the rectangular shape of most ownership parcels in the Kickapoo Valley, no matter how curvilinear the contours of its landscape. Order upon the Land, Johnson’s study of the rectangular land survey, has special significance here. Regionally, she showed the ways in which the survey changed and was challenged by the physical landscape of the Driftless Area.

R. ” What exactly attracted Bennett to the Wisconsin plan? For one thing, it included the problem-oriented detail that was so much a part of Zeasman’s work. The demonstration would synthesize current science on the physical processes of soil erosion and the techniques that could successfully retard them. ” Framing the details, however, was a comprehensive philosophy that appealed mightily to Bennett, and this philosophy bore the unmistakable signature of Leopold: “Erosion control is not a challenge to technical men to work out methods which will permit farmers to continue any and all present land uses.

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