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This land is our land : how we lost the right to roam and how to take it back / Ken Ilgunas.

Ilgunas, Ken, (author.).
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  • 1 of 2 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Clinton PL - Clinton 333.3309 ILG (Text) 36806002084539 NEW ITEMS Checked out 12/27/2018
Zionsville PL - Hussey-Mayfield Memorial 333.3309 ILGUNAS (Text) 33946003331944 Nonfiction . 2nd Floor Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780735217843
  • ISBN: 073521784X
  • Physical Description: xiv, 272 pages ; 19 cm
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Plume, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"A Plume Book"--back cover.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-260) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Right to roam -- Closing of America -- A brief history of trespassing -- An abbreviated journey across Europe -- Land Americans once roamed -- Why we need a right to roam -- Arguments against roaming -- A right to roam how do we get there? -- This land is our land.
Summary, etc.:
Private property is everywhere. Almost anywhere you walk in the United States, you will spot "No Trespassing" and "Private Property" signs on trees and fence posts. In America, there are more than a billion acres of grassland pasture, cropland, and forest, and miles and miles of coastlines that are mostly closed off to the public. Meanwhile, America's public lands are threatened by extremist groups and right-wing think tanks who call for our public lands to be sold to the highest bidder and closed off to everyone else. If these groups get their way, public property may become private, precious green spaces may be developed, and the common good may be sacrificed for the benefit of the wealthy few. Ken Ilgunas, lifelong traveler, hitchhiker, and roamer, takes readers back to the nineteenth century, when Americans were allowed to journey undisturbed across the country. Today, though, America finds itself as an outlier in the Western world as a number of European countries have created sophisticated legal systems that protect landowners and give citizens generous roaming rights to their countries' green spaces. Inspired by the United States' history of roaming, and taking guidance from present-day Europe, Ilgunas calls into question our entrenched understanding of private property and provocatively proposes something unheard of: opening up American private property for public recreation. He imagines a future in which folks everywhere will have the right to walk safely, explore freely, and roam boldly -- from California to the New York island, from the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters.
Subject: Land use > United States.
Land use > Government policy > United States.
Right of way > United States.
Public lands > United States.
Right of property > United States.
Land tenure > United States.
Recreation areas > United States.

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