"The finest general Adirondack history yet written, the book to which all subsequent accounts will have to refer."—New York Review of Books
"Provides an insightful framework through which we can hear the many voices debating the past, present, and future of the Adirondacks. If any one book is to be read on the Adirondacks, this is it."—New York History
"A new, fresh, and useful interpretation of how various individual groups of people have perceived, interacted with, and affected this huge forested and mountainous area."—Journal of Historical Geography
Contested Terrain explores the competing understandings of how best to manage this spectacular natural resource. Terrie introduces the key players and events that have shaped the region and its use, from early settlers and loggers to preservationists, year-round residents, and developers. This new edition includes a comprehensive account of the Pataki years, an era of stunning conservation triumphs combined with unprecedented pressures on the region’s ecological integrity.
Philip G. Terrie is professor emeritus of American culture studies, English, and environmental studies at Bowling Green State University. He is the author of Forever Wild, also published by Syracuse University Press.
6 x 9, 284 pages, 62 black and white illustrations, 4 maps