Forests for the People

The Story of America's Eastern National Forests

Authors: Johnson, Christopher, Govatski, David

  • Offers an environmental story that has never been told: the history of the Eastern national forests, passage of the Weeks Act, and the vital role of public involvement in that landmark legislation
  • A strong narrative brings to life fascinating history of forests in a populated, urban-centered part of the United States
  • Uses lessons from the past to illuminate ways to address the threats facing Eastern forests today
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At the turn of the twentieth century, widespread clearcutting resulted in ecological ruin and devastating fires in America’s Eastern forests. A coalition of citizens, organizations, and business and political leaders fought against this pattern, and in 1911, they achieved a landmark victory with the Weeks Act, which protected millions of acres of Eastern forests. Forests for the People tells the fascinating story of this vital legislation and the citizens and organizations that made it a reality.

While these protected forests survive today, many of the critical issues facing American forests in the twentieth century persist, and new threats have arisen—including oil shale drilling, invasive species, and development around national parks. In Forests for the People, Christopher Johnson and David Govatski draw upon the lessons and victories of the past to examine the vital issues facing American forests today and illuminate paths to better forest management.

About the authors

Christopher Johnson writes on conservation issues and is the author of This Grand and Magnificent Place: The Wilderness Heritage of the White Mountains. David Govatski retired from the U.S. Forest Service after a career as a forester, silviculturist, and fire management officer on several national forests.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Johnson, Christopher (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • The Disappearing Forests of the White Mountains

    Johnson, Christopher (et al.)

    Pages 11-30

  • Trees to Build the Lake States

    Johnson, Christopher (et al.)

    Pages 31-49

  • A Forest Crisis in the Southern Appalachians

    Johnson, Christopher (et al.)

    Pages 51-70

  • Building a Forest Conservation Movement

    Johnson, Christopher (et al.)

    Pages 71-92

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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Forests for the People
Book Subtitle
The Story of America's Eastern National Forests
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Island Press/Center for Resource Economics
Copyright Holder
Island Press
eBook ISBN
978-1-61091-215-0
DOI
10.5822/978-1-61091-215-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 394
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