Craig W. Allin

Cornell College

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I continue to focus primarily on issues of allocation and management in the National Wilderness Preservation System. A revised edition of my book "The Politics of Wilderness Preservation" was recently published by the University of Alaska Press, and I continue to work on a new book that focuses on the politics and policy of wilderness management. It will explore the legal framework for wilderness preservation in the United States, the implementation of that framework by four competing land management agencies, and issues raised by the effort to preserve natural conditions on public lands. Among the issue areas explored are: questions of air quality and visibility; water resource allocation; fauna, flora and fire management; recreational regulation; and Native-American cultural accommodation.

Allin, Craig W. 2008. The Politics of Wilderness Preservation. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press.
Abstract: The story of preservation politics in America is one of the seminal stories of American history, charting our evolution as a people and a culture. Public policy is a measure of what we value as a society. Originally regarded as a powerful enemy, wilderness was the target of countless land laws aimed at its destruction. Once it had been largely defeated, wilderness came to be seen as a vanishing and valuable resource and an essential contributor to the American character. rnrnIn the post-Kyoto climate with "earth in the balance" and environmental policy apparently paralyzed, it seems appropriate to celebrate an era when government policy makers were able to "if only for a moment" elbow aside vested economic interests and embrace the preservation of nature for its own sake. Allin explores the far-reaching political and economic impact of these policies, as well as their status today and their uncertain future. Allin has updated this classic volume, originally published in 1982, with a new preface and epilogue. With its cutting-edge analysis, "The Politics of Wilderness Preservation" is a must-read for environmentalists and policy makers alike.
Allin, Craig W. ed. 2011. Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues (4 vols). Pasadena, California: Salem Press.
Abstract: An up-to-date A-Z guide on science, policy, and social issues related to the global environment. A revised edition of Salem's Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues (2000), this four-volume set assembles information from numerous fields of knowledge relevant to the study of environmental issues, including biology, geology, anthropology, demographics, genetics, and engineering, and explains the interrelationships of these issues in easily understood terms.

Substantive Focus:
Law and Policy SECONDARY
Environmental Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy History PRIMARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation SECONDARY