"Tightly argued, cogent, and eminently readable . . . Where Land and Water Meet will find a wide readership among . . . historians, range managers, ranchers, and environmental groups."
-Mark Fiege, author of Irrigated Eden: The Making of an Agricultural Landscape in the American West
"Where Land and Water Meet, in a profoundly insightful manner, details the story of social forces at play in managing the ecology of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon. I grew up in the same territory, in agriculture, managing land and water, responsible for mistakes just like those made at Malheur, and it looks to me as if Nancy Langston's got the story dead right. But she gives us more than history, she also proposes a useable problem-solving model. This book is a gift. The American West, and the world, need many more like it."
-William Kittredge, author of Owning It All
"In Where Land and Water Meet, environmental historian Nancy Langston delivers an intricate, well-researched exposé of how changes in human values and social goals have informed land use and land management decisions at the present-day Malheur National Wildlife Refuge..[T]his is an excellent example of environmental history by an experienced researcher and writer."
"Where Land and Water Meet is a thoughtful journey along the borders between land and water, between the human and the natural. A timely examination of the creation and evolution of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, it coincides with the centennial of the refuge system and more recent conflicts involving the water resources of the Pacific Northwest."
"A sophisticated yet accessible analysis of the intersection of nature and culture. More importantly, however, it moves beyond simple criticisms of the problems inherent in wildlife and natural resource management and advances a nuanced program for those invested in land management, outdoor recreation, farming, ranching, and the environment."
-H-Net Book Review
"A scholarly gem linking past, present, and future land policies..[T]his much needed case history effectively links the management history of wetlands with modern theories of landscape ecology and adaptive management. It is concise, well written, and compelling."
-Pacific Northwest Quarterly
"As with her previous work, Langston demonstrates a knack for using detailed case studies to reflect on changes throughout the West, and indeed, the relationship between people and the natural world. Though trained in ecology, Langston is also a skilled historian and graceful writer. Environmental historians pride themselves on their ability to synthesize scientific and historical knowledge. Once again, Langston demonstrates that she does this better than almost anyone in the field."
-Journal of the History of Biology