×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Forest Defenders: The Confrontational American Landscape
     

Forest Defenders: The Confrontational American Landscape

by Christopher Lamarca (Photographer)
 

“Whether he’s in a dingy fluorescent basement or a beautiful sunlit forest, LaMarca always manages to finesse something amazing.”
—Paul Moakley, Newsweek

Controversy erupted in March 2005 when, with the blessing of the Bush administration, logging companies began sawing into old growth reserves (sections of the federal

Overview

“Whether he’s in a dingy fluorescent basement or a beautiful sunlit forest, LaMarca always manages to finesse something amazing.”
—Paul Moakley, Newsweek

Controversy erupted in March 2005 when, with the blessing of the Bush administration, logging companies began sawing into old growth reserves (sections of the federal forestland set aside for threatened wildlife). Two months later, the administration fanned the flames by repealing the 2001 “roadless rule,” which protected 58 million acres of pristine roadless wildlands on the National Forests across the country. The states of Oregon, Washington, California, and New Mexico filed suit against the Bush administration for violating federal environmental law. The Forest Defenders responded as well.

These activists, labeled “radicals” and even “eco-terrorists” by the timber industry, are fighting to save some of the last truly wild places left in America. For the past five years, Christopher LaMarca has been documenting these much-maligned advocates who are willing to sacrifice their comforts and freedoms to stand up for wildlands. Forest Defenders: The Confrontational American Landscape offers insight into the lives of these extremely dedicated, politically sophisticated, and well-organized environmental activists.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Lamarca, who majored in environmental studies and biology at the University of Oregon, spent the last five years documenting the plight of environmental activists seeking to protect old-wood forests in the Pacific Northwest. Here, his 70 color and seven black-and-white documentary-style photographs-of trees, chainsaws, loggers cutting wood, clear-cut forest areas, and activists protesting, sleeping, and living in the forest-combine with six activist-authored essays and one short logger-authored personal statement to tell seemingly separate yet parallel stories. The essays include the activists' mission statements as well as relate their personal experiences, while the personal statement speaks to the nature of the logging profession. The basic message is compelling, but the book lacks information about specific events documented in the photographs and factual background that might be expected from a book reporting on an urgent environmental issue. Recommended for public libraries.
—Valerie Nye

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781576874288
Publisher:
powerHouse Books
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.65(d)

Meet the Author

Christopher LaMarca studied Environmental Studies and Biology at the University of Oregon, a degree that led him to pursue photographic projects documenting environmental issues. His work on the protection of old growth forests against logging garnered him numerous awards, including PDN's 30 New and Emerging Photographers To Watch and the NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism. His Forest Defenders project was featured in the 2006-2007 ICP triennial, Ecotopia, and was published in Aperture and Art Review. His clients include Volvo, Newsweek, Time, Fortune, The Fader, and Outside, among others.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews