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The U.S. Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest: A Historyby Gerald W. Williams
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The Northwest has been at the forefront of forest management and research in the United States for more than one hundred years. In The U.S. Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest, Gerald Williams provides an historical overview of the part the Forest Service has played in managing the Northwestas forests.
Emphasizing changes in management policy over the years, Williams discusses the establishment of the national forests in Oregon and Washington, grazing on public land, the Great Depression, World War II, and the rise of multiple-use management policies. He draws on extensive documentation of the post-war development boom to explore its effects on forests and Forest Service workers. Discussing such controversial issues as roadless areas and wilderness designation; timber harvesting; forest planning; ecosystems; and spotted owls, Williams demonstrates the impact of 1970s environmental laws on national forest management.
The book is rich in photographs, many drawn from the Gerald W. Williams Collection, housed in University Archives at Oregon State University Libraries. Extensive appendices provide detailed data about Pacific Northwest forests.
Chronicling a century of the agencyas management of almost 25 million acres of national forests and grasslands for the people of the United States, The U.S. Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest is a welcome and overdue resource.
Book News Annotation:
A native Oregonian, Williams worked for the Service in the northwest and served at its national historian in Washington, D.C. before returning to Portland to continue his historical research and writing. His history draws on official records, but more heavily on narratives that retired forest workers began systematically in 1945 in order to record their experiences and observations. He covers the environment and early history, early conservation efforts 1880s-1905, taming the wild forests 1905-10, building the management system to 1910-29, coping with the Great Depression and war 1930-45, ramping up timber production 1946-59, getting out the cut 1960-76, turbulent times 1976-89, and coping with new directions. An epilogue ponders the next 100 years. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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