Agony Of An American Wilderness / Edition 1by Samuel A. MacDonald
Pub. Date: 02/28/2005
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
The Allegheny National Forest exists on what might have been the most heavily exploited landscape in the history of civilization. Careful stewardship over the last eight decades has transformed it into a beautiful forest that contains countless wildlife species and some of the world's most valuable timber. Local communities are steeped in pride for having written
The Allegheny National Forest exists on what might have been the most heavily exploited landscape in the history of civilization. Careful stewardship over the last eight decades has transformed it into a beautiful forest that contains countless wildlife species and some of the world's most valuable timber. Local communities are steeped in pride for having written that unprecedented environmental success story. Unfortunately, the Allegheny is now the focus of a caustic new timber war that will ultimately test the limits of American environmentalism. No longer satisfied with protecting the pristine old growth that captured the national imagination in the early 1990s, activists have embarked on campaign to put an end to the Allegheny timber program. Litigation and protests have shaken the region for a decade. More recently, it has become a hotbed of eco-terrorism. But restoring the Allegheny to something activists accept will be far more difficult, expensive, and explosive than setting aside a few million acres for the northern spotted owl. This book examines the communities caught in the middle of that political crossfire and forces Americans to decide if they are ready to accept the new activist agenda: In their own words, 'If we can stop logging on the Allegheny, we can stop it everywhere.'
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Table of Contents
Part 1 Introduction: Welcome to "Pennsyltucky:" A Strange New Front in the Great American Timber War Chapter 2 The Forgotten Forest: The Allegheny Experience, From Old Growth to Brush Heap and Beyond Chapter 3 Meet the Activists: History, Culture and Politics Collide at the Annual Gathering Chapter 4 Mom and Pop Go Bust: The Complex Plight of the Allegheny Sawmill Chapter 5 I Work in the Woods: Fear and Logging on the Allegheny Chapter 6 Restoration, Reality and the Perils of Science: Can the Allegheny Become a Wilderness Again? Chapter 7 Take It to the Streets: Radical Activists Battle Pre-teen Satirists for Control Chapter 8 Third Way or Third Rail?: Zero Cut Meets Resistance From Within Chapter 9 The Anti-Activist: A Right-wing Renaissance Man in the Land of Bulls, Bars and "Dinors" Chapter 10 Legal Eagles, Underdogs and the Fish that (Almost) Ate Pittsburgh: Half Steps and Caveats in Federal Court Chapter 11 Wilderness Revisted: What is Pretty? And Why It Matters. Chapter 12 Old Growth, New Economy and the Tourism Promise: If you build it, who will come? Chapter 13 Epilogue: The Great Green Pendulum Part 14 Index Part 15 About the Author
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