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A Woman in the Great Outdoors

Adventures in the National Park Service

Melody Webb (author)

ISBN: 9780826331762

Publication Date: Oct 2007

Format: Paperback

In 1975, Melody Webb became a historian with the National Park Service in Alaska. From Alaska, she went on to become assistant superintendent at Grand Teton National Park and superintendent of Lyndon B Johnson National Park.

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[Melody Webb] recounts the trials of preserving the nation's most beautiful and historic places. Pole-axed by politicians, bush-whacked by obstructive congressmen, and ground down by lobbyists of every stripe - from snowmobilers to environmentalists - the NPS battles for its life in behind-the-scenes maneuverings. - Los Angeles Times "Webb's intimate portrayal of day-to-day politics of the National Park System will be an eye-opener to historians and travelers who have enjoyed the scenic beauty of America's 'crown jewels.'" - Arrowhead "[A Woman in the Great Outdoors] should be required reading in every public history course." - Montana, The Magazine of Western History "Webb's candidness in detailing the conflicts within the park system and between preservationists and recreationalists makes this book a must for anyone interested in National Parks and in the service's ability to uphold its mission to conserve and at the same time to provide for the enjoyment of all." - West Texas Historical Association Yearbook
Illustrations 18 halftones
Pages 286
Date Published 30 Oct 2007
Publisher University of New Mexico Press
Subject/s Biography & True Stories   Conservation of the environment  
Melody Webb retired early (in 1996) from the National Park Service and lives in Georgetown, Texas, with her husband, Robert Utley, also a historian. She is the author of Yukon: The Last Frontier.

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