Jun 6 2013 6:00 pm
Thursday, June 6 – Reception 6 p.m., Reading 7 p.m.
Robert Keiter will read from and discuss To Conserve Unimpaired, The Evolution of the National Park Idea which argues the goal of the national parks system “to conserve unimpaired” is not as straightforward as it seems. Keiter traces the history of the national park idea from its inception to its uncertain future. Ultimately, Keiter demonstrates that parks cannot be treated as special islands and must be managed as critical cores of a larger ecosystem. Today’s mandate must remain to conserve unimpaired – but Keiter shows how the national park idea can and must go much farther.
Keiter is the Wallace Stegner Center Professor of Law, University Distinguished Professor, and founding Director of the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. He has served on the boards of the National Parks Conservation Association and his other books include Keeping Faith with Nature, Reclaiming the Native Home of Hope, and The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
This event is jointly sponsored by The King's English Bookshop, the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and the Environment, and the Southwest Regional Office of the National Parks Conservation Association. Funding is provided by the Cultural Vision Fund.