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Recent books by NMSU faculty, staff and supporters

Saving the Ranch: Conservation Easement Design in the American West

By Anthony Anella and John B. Wright
Island Press 2004

Saving the Ranch is a guide to conservation easements for ranchers, conservationists and developers who are concerned with protecting the natural and scenic values of ranch lands in the western United States. Conservation easements, which are voluntary legal agreements that permanently protect the conservation values of a property by limiting or restricting future development, are being used more frequently by ranchers to reduce estate taxes, generate and shelter income, and combine land conservation with estate planning. Case studies explore how conservation easements have been used, illustrating a variety of circumstances under which easements can be effective. Co-author John Wright is head of the Geography Department at NMSU. He has written many book chapters, essays and books on the topics of conservation, environmental planning and land use.

Restoring a Presence: American Indians and Yellowstone National Park

By Peter Nabakov and Lawrence Loendorf
University of Oklahoma Press 2004

Restoring a Presence Book CoverAlthough new laws have been enacted giving American Indians access to resources on public lands, Yellowstone historically has excluded Indians and their needs from its mission. All of the other flagship national parks – Glacier, Yosemite, Mesa Verde and Grand Canyon – have had successful long-term relationships with American Indian groups even as they have sought to emulate Yellowstone in other dimensions of national park administration. By considering the many roles Indians have played in the complex history of the Yellowstone region, authors Nabokov and Loendorf provide a basis on which the National Park Service and other federal agencies can develop more effective relationships with Indian groups in the Yellowstone region. Co-author Lawrence Loendorf is an archaeologist and college professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at NMSU. His research focuses on the Great Plains, the U.S. Southwest, ethnography and rock art.

Yaxcabá and the Caste War of Yucatán: An Archaeological Perspective

By Rani T. Alexander
University of New Mexico Press 2004

Yaxaba and the Caste War of Yucatan Book COverThe Caste War of the Yucatán (1847-1901) is widely regarded as the most successful Indian rebellion in the New World. This attempt by the Maya to rid themselves of foreign domination and revitalize their traditional culture led to successful agrarian reform and the reassertion of traditional land use by the Maya. It also generated a new religion with its own priesthood and cultural practices focused on the worship of a prophetic “talking” cross. The war’s economic and cultural transformations provide blueprints for understanding present-day Mexico and the expansion of capitalism to rural areas worldwide. Alexander’s interdisciplinary study uses archaeological evidence along with ethnography and history to understand the nature of the region’s agrarian system and the processes of resistance. Rani Alexander is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at NMSU. Her interests include Mesoamerican complex societies, colonial ethnohistory and political economy. She specializes in the prehistoric complex societies of Mesoamerica and colonial period Maya ethnohistory.

Presidential Candidate Images

Edited By Kenneth Hacker, Editor
Rowman and Littlefield 2004

Presidential Canidate CoverPresidential Candidate Images is a compilation of essays that dissect how candidate images are formed and manipulated during campaigns. As more and more emphasis is placed on a candidate’s persona and how it affects our voting decisions, Hacker’s book provides a variety of frameworks and cases for analyzing candidate images in past, current and future elections. Kenneth Hacker is a professor of communication studies at NMSU. His interests include political communication and computer-mediated communication.

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