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Blue Ridge Commons: Environmental Activism and Forest History in Western North Carolina (Environmental History and the American South)


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In the late twentieth century, residents of the Blue Ridge mountains in western North Carolina fiercely resisted certain environmental efforts, even while launching aggressive initiatives of their own. Kathryn Newfont examines the environmental history of this region over the course of three hundred years, identifying what she calls commons environmentalismandmdash;a cultural strain of conservation in American history that has gone largely unexplored.

Efforts in the 1970s to expand federal wilderness areas in the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests generated strong opposition. For many mountain residents the idea of unspoiled wilderness seemed economically unsound, historically dishonest, and elitist. Newfont shows that local peopleandrsquo;s sense of commons environmentalism required access to the forests that they viewed as semipublic places for hunting, fishing, and working. Policies that removed large tracts from use were perceived as andldquo;enclosureandrdquo; and resisted.

These battles often pitted industrialists against environmentalists. Newfont argues that the side that most effectively hitched its cause to local residentsandrsquo; commons culture usually won. A few perceptive activists realized that the same cultural ground that yielded wilderness opposition could also produce ambitious protection efforts, such as Blue Ridge residentsandrsquo; opposition to petroleum exploration and clearcut timber harvesting.

Incorporating deep archival work and years of interviews and conversations with Appalachian residents, Blue Ridge Commons reveals a tradition of people building robust forest protection movements on their own terms.

About the Author

Kathryn Newfont is an associate professor of history and faculty chair for the Ramsey Center for Regional Studies at Mars Hill College.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Paul S. Sutter ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Maps xix

Introduction of Forests and Commons 1

1. andquot;The Custom of Our Countryandquot;: The Appalachian Forest Commons 15

2. Response to Devastation: Organizing Forests in the Southern Appalachians 49

3. Plenty of Trouble: Creating Federal Forests in the Blue Ridge 71

4. De Jure Commons: National Forests and Blue Ridge Neighbors 97

5. Contested Forests: Commons, Clearcutting, and Wilderness 124

6. Wilderness as Commons Enclosure: Rare II Opposition 146

7. Wilderness as Commons Defense: The Southern Nantahala 168

8. Mobilizing Commons Defense: andquot;Oil Feverandquot; Threatens the Forests 189

9. Clearcutting Returns: Timber Enclosure Threatens the Forests 227

10. Commons Environmentalism Mobilized: Western North Carolina Alliance's Cut the Clearcutting! Campaign 251

Conclusion An American Commons in the Blue Ridge 271

Afterword A Call to Commons 274

Notes 279

Bibliography 325

Index 355

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Newfont, Kathryn
University of Georgia Press
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Environmental Studies-Environment
Environmental Conservation & Protection DONTUSE <div><p>Three hundred years of Appalachian environmental history</p></div>
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Environmental History and the American South
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