Review: Stephen Pyne on the National Parks

Its national parks may be, as novelist-conservationist Wallace Stegner once claimed, America’s “best idea,” but they make an eccentric institution. Each park results from a separate act of Congress, each with its own quirks. From 1872 to 1916 the parks had no dedicated agency to administer them and were largely run by the US Cavalry. Since its founding …

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