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The Agony of an American Wilderness: Loggers, Environmentalists, and the Struggle for Control of a Forgotten Forest (Paperback)
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The Agony of an American Wilderness: Loggers, Environmentalists, and the Struggle for Control of a Forgotten Forest (Paperback)

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Paperback 200 Pages / Published: 03/02/2005
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What is a forest? What are forests for? Who should control them? These are familiar questions, but the Allegheny casts them in a new light. The national environmental movement has become less willing to compromise since its victories in the Pacific Northwest, and the Allegheny is its newest proving ground. This book explains what activists are after, how the struggle differs from more familiar environmental battles and what it means for the future of the American landscape.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742541580
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 336 g
Dimensions: 220 x 148 x 13 mm


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The Agony of an American Wilderness is destined to be a classic case history study of the political/psychological/social/legal 'game that people play' relative to the national forest management. Until Congress sees fit to sever the Gordian Knot that increasingly binds federal forest managers, such political passion plays are the likely future for the management of federal lands. -- Jack Ward Thomas, Boone and Crockett Professor of Wildlife Conservation, University of Montana; Chief Emeritus, U.S. Forest Service
Journalist MacDonald (who was born and raised in the region) examines the communities that are caught in the crossfire of this debate and argues that the "zero-cut" philosophy of forest resource management is too extreme. * Scitech Book News *
He has done us all a service in laying out, in a down-to-earth style, the history and nature of the forest, and the pros and cons of the opposing camps' arguments. * The Philadelphia Inquirer *
The Agony of an American Wilderness shifts our attention from the traditional battlegrounds of the wilderness movement, the old growth forests of the West, to the Allegheny National Forest. Here, Sam MacDonald offers us a fascinating glimpse of a damaged land on the mend and the people living in it. -- Pete Geddes, program director, the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment
Interviews, a history of regional logging and environmentalism, and a look at locals versus tourists make this a must-read for those who believe heated environmental controversies only exist on the west coast. * Western Pennsylvania History *

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