This updated edition of the 1979 original covers the landmark struggle to save the New River from damming in the 1970s. The grassroots movement emphasized the river's cultural and historical value rather than narrow environmental issues and became one of the great victories of the conservationist movement. This edition also includes a new epilogue examining the current ecological status of the New River and the ongoing impact of the original conservation efforts in the face of new environmental threats.
Thomas J. Schoenbaum is research professor at George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. He is the author of many books and articles on legal and international topics. R. Seth Woodard is a fisherman and author who holds history degrees from Appalachian State University (BA) and Virginia Tech (MA). He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Sam J. Ervin, Jr., was a U.S. Senator from North Carolina from 1954 to 1974.