Grand Canyon For Sale is a carefully researched investigation of the precarious future of America's public lands: our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, monuments, and wildernesses. Taking the Grand Canyon as its key example, and using on-the-ground reporting as well as science research, the book makes plain that accelerating climate change will dislocate wildlife populations and vegetation across hundreds of thousands of square miles of the national landscape. So what’s the plan, as the next phase of our political history begins?
Consolidating protected areas and prioritizing natural systems over mining, grazing, drilling and logging will be essential. But a growing political movement, well financed and occasionally violent, is fighting to break up these federal lands and return them to state, local, and private control. That scheme would foreclose the future for many wild species, which are part of our irreplaceable natural heritage, and would lead directly to the ruin of our national parks and forests. Grand Canyon For Sale is an excellent overview of the physical, biological, and political challenges facing our national parks and U.S. public lands today.
Stephen Nash is the author of award-winning books on science and the environment, and his reporting has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, BioScience, Archaeology, and The New Republic. He is Visiting Senior Research Scholar at the University of Richmond.
"The new Trump administration is proclaiming that not only the Grand Canyon but our entire public land heritage may soon be up for sale. I hope this excellent book will awaken all Americans to an unprecedented threat to our parks, national monuments, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, and ocean sanctuaries."—Bruce Babbitt, former United States Secretary of the Interior
"This is an outstanding book that every American ought to read. Nash manages to weave his way through an immensely concerning subject with irony, humor, and just enough hope so as to inspire readers to continue the fight against ongoing threats to public lands." —James L. Powell, author of Dead Pool: Lake Powell, Global Warming, and the Future of Water in the West
"The lucid and vivid discussion in this book will be celebrated by everyone who is working to protect America's national parks and public lands. Stephen Nash uses the example of the Grand Canyon to detail the multiple threats that face our nation's parks, and follows with a positive strategy that can counter those threats. His book will serve as a solid foundation for the dialogue Americans must have if we hope to preserve the natural and cultural heritage preserved on our public lands."—James D. Nations, former Vice President for the Center for Park Research, National Parks Conservation Association, and editor of The State of America's National Parks
"Grand Canyon For Sale is a citizen’s guide to understanding how our public lands are being pilfered for private profit. Corporations and politicians are turning federal lands—like the Grand Canyon—into cash cows while looting nature’s estate for personal gain, fanning the flames of climate change, and railing against big government. It’s a timely unveiling of the systemic theft of our nation’s most treasured landscapes."—Roger Clark, Grand Canyon Trust