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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 analyzing the nationwide conflict on soil erosion within the Nineteen Thirties, a arguable genuine property improvement scheme, Amish land cost, a U.S. military Corps of Engineers dam venture, and local American efforts to claim longstanding land claims, Lynne Heasley lines the old improvement of recent American estate debates inside ever-more-diverse rural landscapes and cultures. Heasley argues that the best way public discourse has framed environmental debates hides the total form our approach of estate has taken in rural groups and landscapes. She indicates 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 trying to comprehend and reconcile competing values approximately land and their position in it.

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18 The National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933 authorized creation of the Soil Erosion Service, placing it within Ickes’s Department of Interior and under the direction of Bennett. 19 The transfer meant more than a change in home and a new name. The initial mandate of the Soil Erosion Service had been to prevent soil erosion through technical assistance to farmers, Civilian Conservation Corps labor, free lime, fertilizer, tree seedlings, and fencing wire. The Soil Conservation Service was still responsible for these 30 landscape succession tasks, only now, in 1935, its mandate encompassed a new national policy for soil conservation.

3 Others called it Little Appalachia. The Kickapoo Valley could be any hardscrabble place where farmers are having a hard time holding on to land, where teenagers are bored and talk about leaving, and where local officials are praying for economic development. But stay longer and baffling sights and sounds intrude on first impressions. Even people who have lived in the Valley their whole lives marvel at the shifting scene. For example, just north of a speck of a village called Liberty you will come upon a motocross racetrack.

Only a person with absolutely no curiosity could resist asking what this is about. The tombstone expects your questions; it demands them. How did it get here? What stories is it hinting at? With so much happening round every bend, where do you start? part 1 Landscape Succession 1 Intended Consequences Soil Conservation S ometimes research data confirm a story that many people know well. The GIS maps in figures 2 and 3 look like just such a case. The maps themselves come out of a quantitative study of the Kickapoo Valley’s history, which my colleagues and I carried out in the late 1990s.

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