By Lynne Heasley
A Thousand items of Paradise is an ecological background 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 battle on soil erosion within the Nineteen Thirties, a arguable genuine property improvement scheme, Amish land payment, a U.S. military Corps of Engineers dam undertaking, and local American efforts to claim longstanding land claims, Lynne Heasley lines the ancient improvement of recent 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 entire form our method 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 robust classes for rural groups trying to comprehend and reconcile competing values approximately land and their position in it.
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Raymond H. Davis, superintendent of the Upper Mississippi Valley Erosion Control Experiment Station, put together the Wisconsin team, which included the station’s associate director, Noble Clark; E. R. ” What exactly attracted Bennett to the Wisconsin plan? For one thing, it included the problem-oriented detail that was so much a part of Zeasman’s work. The demonstration would synthesize current science on the physical processes of soil erosion and the techniques that could successfully retard them.
The demonstration would synthesize current science on the physical processes of soil erosion and the techniques that could successfully retard them. ” Framing the details, however, was a comprehensive philosophy that appealed mightily to Bennett, and this philosophy bore the unmistakable signature of Leopold: “Erosion control is not a challenge to technical men to work out methods which will permit farmers to continue any and all present land uses. Rather it is a challenge to deﬁne and secure the basic changes in land utilization which must precede and accompany control works.
My argument is that contour strip cropping was not preordained; it was instead the result of powerful government programs aimed at inﬂuencing private landowners, primarily farmers. Such programs, moreover, fostered a number of entirely new land tenure relationships: of agriculture to science-based conservation techniques; of landowners to government and In the Kickapoo Valley, a rectangular ﬁeld alongside ﬁelds in contour strips. Since the 1930s, soil conservation agents in southwestern Wisconsin have encouraged farmers to use contour strips on slopes.
A Thousand Pieces of Paradise: Landscape and Property in the Kickapoo Valley by Lynne Heasley