Folk and nature : pastoral landscapes in the postwar world -- Politicizing the pastoral ideal : the clean-waters campaigns -- Rivers, wildness, and redemptive play : preserving the Rogue and the Allagash -- Saving nature's icons : the Maine coast and the Oregon beaches -- Navigating the natural state : nature, recreation, and river corridor planning -- Bridge to ecotopia : local control and statewide land-use planning -- A view across the golf links : pastoralism in an era of declining civic engagement -- The environmental imagination and the future of the environmental movement. "Natural States reconstructs the environmental imagination from public commentary, legislative records, and other documents. Contrasting preservationist, romantic, pastoral, nostalgic, and utilitarian concepts of nature, the authors demonstrate how tensions from competing ideals sustained the environmental movement, contributed to its successes, but also limited its achievements. They provide unique detail about the development of the environmental movement in the years preceding the publication of Silent Spring, and make important contributions to our understanding of American environmentalism as both a local and national movement."--BOOK JACKET.