The book review is published by the Environmental Law Amicus, a project of Lewis and Clark Law School. Publication forthcoming in the Lewis and Clark Law Journal, Environmental Law.
“For more than a century, the arc of public land history has bent decisively toward the national government conserving more and more lands for conservation, public education, and inspiration.” That is a strong statement. Many people, including experts, who read this book will at first be taken aback by the expansive nature of Leshy’s findings; in reading the book, I was at first skeptical. The myths that Leshy identifies had become part of the woodwork. But the more I read, I realized how powerful and accurate his fully documented assessment is.
My expectation is that Our Common Ground will open up the history, current status, and future of the public lands to discussion and debate as never before. This masterful volume will have staying power and we can expect it to be influential and constructive for generations to come.
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