Trees and People: Forestland Ecosystems and Our Future

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This book is about the power of the conservation ethic for trees and forest land.- first introduced to the public in 1875, The author details how pioneers concerned about our environment struggled for legislation that would stop the rapant exploitation of our forestlands.

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A contribution to the debate over professional forestry's environmental impact by someone who believes that people take better care of trees than nature does. The US Forestry Service--and professional forestry in general- -has come under heavy fire in recent years for, among other sins, the irresponsible destruction of trees. Jordan, who has worked for 40 years in the forest products industry, argues that environmentalists and government regulations are standing in the way of healthy, sustainable forests. He takes as a hopeful sign President Clinton's 1993 Forestry Conference, which attempted to find a common ground between conflicting environmental and economic demands. Some kind of resolution is necessary, Jordan argues, if the forest-products industry is to continue to fulfill the American Dream by supplying cheap housing and consumer goods. In 1993, Jordan asserts, 129,000 people were busy writing 66,000 pages of federal regulations, many of which were contradictory. Worse still, in his view, Congress is designating countless acres as national wilderness or protected parkland. Nature rules in these areas, states Jordan, causing ``catastrophic `clearcuts' through the devastating ravages of wildfires, hurricanes, insects, disease and old age,'' while in the hands of private industry these same areas would have watershed protection, erosion control, care of wildlife and plant habitat, recreational opportunity, and, most important, stewardship of a valuable renewable raw material. He calls for a national campaign on the part of the forest-products industry to spread the word about its successes, combat its negative public image, and cultivate grassroots support. Jordan is an articulate and fervent advocate of sustainable forestry, and his perspective on the issues is refreshingly different, but he fails to adequately address such major environmental concerns as the loss of genetic diversity among forest trees. A valid comment, but far from the final word on the fate of our forests. (Photos, not seen) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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In his admiration and advocacy of the managed landscapes of the Bavarian Black Forest, with roads criss-crossing every 400 meters, as a welcome alternative to protected wilderness areas, Jordan affirms his belief that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Although expressing a desire to find common ground between lumbermen and environmentalists, his twin motifs are the merits of the "forest products industry" and the mendacity of "antiforestry advocates" (Sierra Club et al.). Jordan proposes the development of an information center for the training of ambassadors to clean up the image of the timber industry and for educating the public on the benefits of "ecosystem management." A portion of the book comprises an abbreviated history of national forest legislation and thumbnail biographies of timber association leaders. Although Jordan offers shining examples of the utility of forestland stewardship, those wishing a balanced presentation of the issues must look elsewhere. Brenda Grazis

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