Ecologic Objectives In Park Management

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Leopold A. S.
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The concept of a national park has evolved rapidly in the last decade. As originally construed in the United States, and subsequently emulated elsewhere, a national park is a piece of native countryside preserved for its natural values under a regime of complete protection. The park system evolved in an era of uninhibited exploitation of resources, and it was natural that protection should be high in the minds of tho~e who wished to preserve areas of natural beauty. The concept of protection, however, was soon extrapolated into a code of operation rules and traditions that precluded manipulation of animal or plant populations. The idea seemed implicit that a natural ecosystem in a park was something static that could be guarded behind a fence, like a geyser or a petrified tree.
East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, xxxiii (special), p. 168-172