Rethinking Park ProtectionTreading the Uncommon Ground of Environmental Beliefs
By W LaPage, Former Director of New Hampshire state parks and historic sites, USA
In today's society, hidden beliefs can subtly guide the management of parks, such as treating them as natural resources rather than national assets. Resulting management practices often lead to deferred maintenance on park infrastructure, causing inadequate protection from vandalism, poaching, and theft of artefacts. A sad demise, often due to an out-dated belief that parks are non-essential leisure services rather than necessities for a vibrant modern life. This book challenges the reader to examine the core beliefs that created our public parklands, comparing them with the beliefs that guide contemporary park stewardship in an effort to improve the management of parks and reassess their purpose in modern life.
Environmental management professionals, policy makers, students of public policy and environmental studies, and anyone interested parks, parkland recreation or exploring the ecology of belief.
Foreword Part I Growing Parks in the Fields of Belief 1. The Ecology of Belief - It's all in the Connections 2. The Power and Theory of Belief - The Real Limits of Preservation 3. The Ecology, Energy, and Dynamics of Belief 4. Norms, Ethics, and Beliefs in Our Parks 5. Organizational Beliefs - From Visionary to Functionary 6. Beliefs, as Values, Possessions, and Lenses Part II Plowing the Fertile Fields of Belief 7. Credibility, Authenticity, Believability, and Park Maintenance 8. Patterns of Thinking - Structures of Believing 9. The Nesting Habits of Beliefs - and the Belief Tree 10. The Symbolism of Beliefs: Signs, Symbols, Icons, and Omens 11. This I Believe - Discovering Your Belief System 12. Belief Bites - Truisms, Metaphors, Aphorisms, and the Wisdom of the Ages 13. Beliefs as Environmental Super Highways and Roadblocks Part III Exploring the Far-Flung Fields of Belief 14. Belief-Based Science and Research Methods 15. From Beliefs to Science and Back Again 16. The Politics of Belief - Park Wildlife as a Case Study 17. Environmental Beliefs as Spiritual, Sacred, and Religious 18. Toward Environmental Sanity through the Ecology of Belief 19. Parks as Belief - Making Peace with Paradox Afterword: The Human Need Maslow Rejected - The Need to Believe Appendix: A Kit of Belief-Based Tools for Interpreting Environmental Issues
LaPage has written several collections of poetry about parks and, most recently, a novel, The Cliff Dwellers. Selected as poet in residence at three national parks, Will has also received the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Park Science, and the Hartzog/Cox award for sustained park leadership. Author of Parks for Life, and numerous articles about park policy, Dr. LaPage has served as director of New Hampshire state parks, as a member of President Reagan's Commission on Americans Outdoors, and has been an international parks consultant in South Africa, and with the US State Department and USAID on national park issues in Eastern Europe, Central America, and the Caribbean.
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