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Author Wright, John B. (John Burghardt), 1950-

Title Rocky Mountain divide : selling and saving the West / John B. Wright.

Published Austin : University of Texas Press, 1993.


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 UniM Store  333.731309788 WRIG MF19    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xiv, 275 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes Outgrowth of author's thesis (Ph. D.)--University of California, Berkeley.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [265]-272) and index.
Contents Pt. I. Land and Life. 1. Geographers and Landscapes. 2. Land Regulation and Conservation in America. 3. The Rocky Mountain West: Searching Country -- Pt. II. Colorado: The Icon. 4. Eldorado in the Rockies. 5. The Front Range: Geography and Development. 6. Golden to Fort Collins: The Trials of Suburban Land Conservation. 7. Boulder: A Model Open Space Community. 8. Ski Country: Uncontrolled Development and Industrial Tourism. 9. Southern Colorado: The Outback. 10. The Wet Slope: Rivers, Oil Shale, and Sunset Living. 11. There Lies a City -- Pt. III. Utah: An Elusive Zion. 12. The Mormon Nation. 13. Money-Digging and Seer Stones. 14. Colonization and the Mormon Landscape. 15. The Wasatch Front: Geography and Development. 16. Salt Lake: Carving Up the Emerald City. 17. Provo: Happy Valley Hangs On. 18. Bountiful, Ogden, and Brigham City: Suburban Zion Spreads North. 19. The Wasatch Back-Valleys: Mormon Heartland. 20. If You Build It, He Will Come -- Pt. IV. Home.
21. The Geography of Home -- Appendix: Land-saving Groups.
Summary The opposing forces of conservation and development have shaped and will continue to shape the natural environment and scenic beauty, of the American West. Perhaps nowhere are their opposite effects more visible than in the neighboring state of Colorado and Utah, so alike in their spectacular mountain environments, yet so different in their approaches to land conservation. Through an exploration of the cultural and historical geography of each state, this study explains why Colorado has over twenty-five land trusts, which have conserved over 42,000 acres of privately owned land, while Utah has only one trust and 110 acres conserved. John Wright traces the success of voluntary land conservation in Colorado to the state's history as a region of secular commerce. As environmental consciousness has grown in Colorado, people there have embraced the businesslike approach of land trusts as simply a new, more responsible way of conducting the real estate business. In Utah, by contrast, Wright finds that Mormon millennialism, high birth rates, and the belief that growth equals success have created a public climate opposed to the formation of land trusts. As Wright puts it, "environmentalism seems to thrive in the Centennial state within the spiritual vacuum which is filled by Mormonism in Utah". These findings reveal the underlying cultural values that cause people to conserve or develop the land they occupy. They also remind conservationists of the need to consider the strength of these values in their efforts to preserve private lands.
Subject Land use -- Colorado -- Planning.
Land use -- Utah -- Planning.
Conservation of natural resources -- Colorado.
Conservation of natural resources -- Utah.
ISBN 0292790791 (cloth : alk. paper)