By Peter Clancy, Anders Sandberg
Proposing case experiences foresters from 1920 onwards, this article unearths a wealthy culture of different and dissenting practices mixed with specialist and political orthodoxies. the purpose is to demonstrate the general public and environmental demanding situations that engulf modern forestry.
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Extra info for Against the Grain: Foresters and Politics in Nova Scotia
Virtually from the moment of its inception in 1905, as the administrator of vast federal lands in the western United States, the Department of Interior sought to bring the Forest Service under its umbrella. In the far more commercially driven environment of Interior, which elevated the priority of exploitation above that of conservation, forest management would have been conditioned by a far different set of norms. Significantly, the Forest Service mounted extended campaigns to resist incorporation by the department, carrying these on occasion to the highest political levels.
On this particular point, there can be little question that opponents of clearcutting have scored a massive tactical advantage. It would seem that not only is a picture worth a thousand words but also that the first picture is worth more than any subsequent pictures to the contrary. Quite apart from the photograph itself, it is notable how the image opens the way for a wider debate that is itself redolent with ideological significance. 70 There is also the question of regenerative efficacy, or whether seedling forests achieve adequate coverage to start the replacement forest.
Here the design of the public administration tended to separate the mandate for arable farming (a private tenure resource) from that of forests and mineral resources (predominantly Introduction Crown-owned resources). 60 Yet Nova Scotia broke with the provincial norm in one critical respect, since Crown forest holdings constituted less than one-quarter of the provincial forest area, while the preponderance was privately owned. Nevertheless, the frameworks and philosophies of government forest administration predominated from the outset.
Against the Grain: Foresters and Politics in Nova Scotia by Peter Clancy, Anders Sandberg