By Lynne Heasley
A Thousand items of Paradise is an ecological background of estate and a cultural historical past of rural ecosystems set in a single of Wisconsin’s most renowned areas, the Kickapoo Valley. whereas interpreting the nationwide battle on soil erosion within the Nineteen Thirties, a debatable actual property improvement scheme, Amish land payment, a U.S. military Corps of Engineers dam venture, and local American efforts to claim longstanding land claims, Lynne Heasley strains the ancient improvement of recent American estate debates inside of 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 looking to comprehend and reconcile competing values approximately land and their position in it.
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The conservation district would put individual landowners under close though sympathetic scrutiny from county and town governments. It would make landowners more responsible for the environmental consequences of their land use choices. 62 Chapter 92, as it is still known, made districts special-purpose local units of state government, and formally linked them to general-purpose county units of state government. The federal government and the state of Wisconsin would now work through local districts to control soil erosion.
Not ﬁve miles further north, the whining of the machines has ceased and once more the land has morphed into a new vision. As motorized traﬃc fades away, a clip-clop, clip-clop, clip-clop takes its place. A black horse-drawn buggy sedately rounds a bend in the road. A kind of signature house dominates miles of landscape now—large, rectangular, entirely white, a black buggy posted in front. A plain-clad signature person stands out as well. Coulee country, it seems, is also Amish country. All these Amish farms send a pretty strong signal that agriculture is not dead in the Valley (notwithstanding the motocross), but 18 Prologue: Weekend Drive, Summer 2002 how have the Amish done it?
Courtesy of Wolfgang Hoﬀmann) Intended Consequences 29 university extension agents; and of private property to public interests in private land. ” asked Melville Cohee in his 1934 study of soil erosion on thirty farms in a township adjacent to Liberty. “Aside from these philosophical considerations, what about the right of one farmer to damage the land of another through neglect or mismanagement of his soil? What about the cost to local governments when roads have to be cleared of rocks and earth after every heavy rain and bridges have to be replaced after being torn away by ﬂoods?