By Lynne Heasley
A Thousand items of Paradise is an ecological historical past of estate and a cultural heritage of rural ecosystems set in a single of Wisconsin’s most famed areas, the Kickapoo Valley. whereas studying the nationwide struggle on soil erosion within the Thirties, a arguable genuine property improvement scheme, Amish land payment, a U.S. military Corps of Engineers dam venture, and local American efforts to claim longstanding land claims, Lynne Heasley lines the historic improvement of contemporary American estate debates inside ever-more-diverse rural landscapes and cultures. Heasley argues that the way in which public discourse has framed environmental debates hides the complete form our process of estate has taken in rural groups and landscapes. She exhibits how democratic and fluid visions of property—based on group relationships—have coexisted along individualistic visions of estate rights. during this environmental biography of a panorama and its humans lie strong classes for rural groups looking to comprehend and reconcile competing values approximately land and their position in it.
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It is hard to exaggerate the zeal, personal commitment, and sheer force of personality that permeated this movement in the 1930s. Epic metaphors abound in both the literature of the time and in later retrospectives. Early prophets like Hugh H. Bennett became revered leaders, preaching the gospel of soil conservation. Everyone concerned— Intended Consequences 31 politicians, bureaucrats, public extension agents, university professors and yeoman farmers alike—made emergency preparations for the war on erosion.
This would be Utopia in Leopold’s mind. ”64 Dingle was referring to the fact that county conservation districts did not enact land use regulations, although they had the authority. The diﬀerences Dingle perceived with Leopold were about the level of public input possible on private land. 65 Leopold and his coauthor Joseph Hickey found a number of problem farms where erosion control would be diﬃcult to accomplish. ”66 As they physically stood, certain farms would certainly continue a process of degradation—sore spot begetting sore spot— for three reasons.
68 Their recommendation was that a land readjustment board should purchase these problem farms; that the board then fragment or consolidate parcels into more appropriate units for the landscape; and that it resell the land under contracts requiring new owners to implement strong erosion control measures. 69 These proposals were too far-reaching for rural counties in the twentieth century. Yet the ideas were practical. They made sense as a way of honoring private land ownership while accommodating society’s evolving values.