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Conspiracy of Optimism: Management of the National Forests Since World War II

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A Conspiracy of Optimism explains the controversy now raging over the U.S. Forest Services management of Americas national forests. Confronted with the dual mandate of production and preservation, the U.S. Forest Service decided it could achieve both goals through more intensive management. For a few decades after World War Two, this “conspiracy of optimism” masked the fact that high levels of resource extraction were destroying forest ecosystems.

The effects of intensive management—massive clear-cuts, polluted streams, declining wildlife populations, and marred scenery—initiated several decades of environmental conflict that continues to the present. Hirt documents the roots of this conflict and illuminates recent changes in administration and policy that suggest a hopeful future for federal lands.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 379-400) and index.

About the Author

Paul W. Hirt is an assistant professor of western history at Washington State University.

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ISBN:
9780803272880
Subtitle:
Management of the National Forests since World War Two
Author:
Hirt, Paul W.
Author:
Hirt, Paul W.
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Location:
Lincoln :
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Natural Resources
Subject:
Forests and forestry
Subject:
Forest policy
Subject:
Forest reserves
Subject:
Forest policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Forest reserves -- United States -- Management -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
General History
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st pbk. print.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Our sustainable future ;
Series Volume:
96-589v. 6
Publication Date:
19961028
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illus., maps
Pages:
420
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.41 lb

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