January 06, 2021

Long Crises, Short Crises, and Public Investment in State Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Lane Kisonak

Practitioners in the fields of environmental and natural resource protection learn a specific constellation of state and federal law. They become familiar with the relevant agencies, industries, and stakeholders in conservation, and are conversant in the symbols and traditions that originate from key legal, historical, and sociopolitical events. For water pollution in the United States, the burning of the Cuyahoga River in 1969 remains a galvanizing symbol. For air pollution, it was waves of smog like those in Donora, Pennsylvania, in 1948 that killed 20 people. The modern climate movement similarly invokes a wide array of symbols from pipelines to storms to certain imperiled species of wildlife.

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