Hit the trail to your public library to find one of these
books below, which are recommended by staff of the Rivers,
Trails & Conservation Assistance (Rivers & Trails) program
as great resources for locally-led conservation efforts.
1. How to
Save a River: A Handbook for Citizen Action
by David M. Bolling
Island Press, May 1994
Provides examples, tips and inspiration for those working
on river protection campaigns with concise and readable information
on how a citizen group can get organized, plan a campaign,
build public support, and put a plan into action. It shows
that ordinary citizens have the power to create change when
they know how to organize themselves.
Experience of Place
by Tony Hiss
Vintage Books, October 1991
Reflections about improving our cities and countryside by
perceiving our everyday surroundings in a new way -- at a
time when the places around us need it most.
3. Greenways for America
by Charles Little
Johns Hopkins University Press, October 1990
A journalistic account of existing greenways and how they
came to be, the book also offers many practical ideas and
inspiration for those who want to develop greenways in their
on the Land: The Student Conservation Association Trail-Building
and Maintenance Manual
by Robert C. Birkby
Mountaineers Books, July 1996
Designed as a resource for backcountry workers of all skill
levels. Offers a wealth of information on trail maintenance
and construction, crew leadership and safety, trail specifications,
site restoration and revegetation, and more.
by Roger Moore, Vicki LaFarge and Charles L. Tracy
Appalachian Mountain Club, August 1992
Practical, pocket-sized, and quick reading make this handbook
invaluable for the for the budding conservation or outdoor
volunteer group. Details in simple terms what needs to be
done in the first two years of a group's life to put it on
the road to success.
6. The Economic
Benefits of Parks and Open Space: How Land Conservation Helps
Communities Grow Smart and Protect the Bottom Line
by Steve Lerner and William Poole
The Trust for Public Land, 1999
This casebook presents data and examples that can help leaders
and concerned citizens make the economic case for parks and
open space conservation.
The Case for River Conservation
by Tim Palmer
Island Press, December 1994
Provides compelling arguments for the need to conserve natural
rivers not just because of their beauty and majesty but because
of the broad ecological impact of river degradation. An enlightening,
energizing study; includes photos, sources, and a list of
groups involved in protecting the nation's rivers.
8. Collaboration Handbook: Creating, Sustaining, and Enjoying
by Michael Winer and Karen Ray
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, April 1994
A practical guide to creating, sustaining or improving an
existing collaborative effort. Learn how to meet challenges
in a way that strengthens your group and achieve the results
you're after. Includes a case study illustrating the concepts
and worksheets for real-life practice.
of Successful Rail-Trails
edited by Karen-Lee Ryan and Julie A Winterich
Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, June 1994
Outlines a step-by-step process of how to organize citizen
support, work with government agencies, generate publicity
for your project, negotiate with a railroad company, find
funds to acquire an abandoned rail corridor, and more.
A Guide to Planning, Design, and Development
by Charles A. Flink and Robert M. Searns
Island Press, October 1993
A compilation of practical information and advice about developing
greenways and linear parks in cities, suburbs and rural areas.
It helps professionals and citizen activists understand the
overall process for creating a greenway while providing as
much detail and guidance as possible about each step along
11. Streamkeeper's Field Guide: Watershed
Inventory and Stream Monitoring Methods
by Tom Murdoch and Gary Larson (illustrator)
Adopt-A-Stream Foundation, July 1996
Provides background information on how streams and their surrounding
watersheds function and details methods of watershed inventory
and stream monitoring that volunteers can use. Also shares
stories from real streamkeepers who have used the inventory
and monitoring methods to protect and restore the nation's
streams. Lots of cartoons.
Doing Deals: A Guide to Buying Land for Conservation
by The Trust for Public Land
The Land Trust Alliance, June 1995
Know what developers know after you read this insightful book
about buying real estate for conservation. Includes information
on working with landowners, surveys, appraisals, working with
government agencies and negotiating.
to Make Meetings Work
by Michael Doyle and David Straus
Berkley Publishing Group, September 1993
A clear and succinct look into the mechanics of an effective
meeting, including not only the "how-to's" but the "why's"
of productive groups and meetings. By using the "Interaction
Method," the book demonstrates how time and people are most
effectively used in all kinds of meetings, from large corporation
to local community groups.
14. A View of the River
by Luna Leopold
Harvard University Press, June 1994
Widely regarded as the most creative scholar in the field of river
morphology, Leopold presents a coherent description of rivers, their
shape, size, organization, and action, along with a consistent theory
that explains much of the observed character of channels.