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Blue Ridge 2020

An Owner's Manual

Steve Nash (author)

ISBN: 9780807847596

Publication Date: Mar 1999

Format: Paperback

The Blue Ridge mountains are home to many wild plants and animals. Using scientific research in several disciplines, this work examines the man-made environmental threats facing these lands in an increasingly populous area and what the public, as "owners", may do to preserve them.
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The mountain chain known as the Blue Ridge traces a 550-mile arc through Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia. Along the way, it encompasses Shenandoah National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, seven national forests, numerous federal wilderness areas and state parks, and parts of the Appalachian Trail. It is the largest concentration of public lands east of the Mississippi and home to an astonishing diversity of plant and animal life. But as the most extensive natural area in the increasingly populous Southeast, the Blue Ridge ecosystem faces unique challenges in the next decades. Drawing on scientific research in a variety of disciplines, journalist Steve Nash provides a clear and evenhanded introduction to some of the most hotly disputed environmental issues facing the Blue Ridge, including the invasion of exotic plants and insects, the explosive growth of suburban-style communities in natural areas, worsening air and water pollution, and the erratic management of national forests. Informative and highly readable, Blue Ridge 2020 takes a hard look at what is at risk in these mountains and what we--as the "owners" of the public lands--must do if we intend to preserve their future. |Aimed at the millions of Americans who treasure the public lands of the Blue Ridge mountains, this book presents a clear account of the environmental issues that threaten these natural areas and outlines the steps citizens must take to ensure their future.
Pages 288
Dimensions 235 x 156
Date Published 31 Mar 1999
Publisher The University of North Carolina Press
Subject/s Conservation of the environment  
Steve Nash is associate professor of journalism at the University of Richmond. His reporting on environmental issues has appeared in numerous publications, including BioScience, The Scientist, National Parks, the Washington Post, and the Christian Science Monitor.

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