Forest Service: Fighting for Public Lands

Forest Service: Fighting for Public Lands

by Gerald W. Williams
     
 

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Established in 1905, The Forest Service is steeped in history, conflict, strong personalities (including Theodore Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot), and the challenges of managing 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands. This unique federal agency is one that combines forest management with wildlife, fish, recreation, mining, grazing, and hundreds of other… See more details below

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Established in 1905, The Forest Service is steeped in history, conflict, strong personalities (including Theodore Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot), and the challenges of managing 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands. This unique federal agency is one that combines forest management with wildlife, fish, recreation, mining, grazing, and hundreds of other uses. It operates in the midst of controversy and change. The original intent was to protect the public forests, protect the water supplies, and, when appropriate, provide timber. Much has changed over the last 100 years including many new laws, but the fact that these lands are still fought over today shows the foresight of politicians, foresters, scientists, and communities. This work brings to light the many and varied activities of the agency that many people know little about in a world that is constantly changing.

Written by a former Forest Service national historian, topics discussed in the work include wilderness and the Wilderness Act of 1964, recreation battles and interagency rivalry with the National Park Service, timber management including clearcutting, ecosystem management, roadless area and controversies over RARE and RARE II studies, fish and wildlife management including endangered species before and after the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and mining and the General Mining Act of 1872. It also discusses the future challenges: forest fires, water protection and restoration, recreation, involving the public, and fish and wildlife.

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"Williams spent 24 years working for the USDA Forest Service at local and national levels. Here, he offers a history of the department from its roots in the early 19th century, highlighting significant legislation, controversies, achievements, and figures that have lent the organization its current legacy. He also discusses the structure and function of each branch of the Forest Service, the department's relationship to other federal agencies, offers selected biographies of important figures, and concludes with a chronology of key events. Six appendices contain statistics on game refuges, timber sales, and national forests; discuss the histories of American Forest Congresses and Forest Service memorabilia; and detail major laws affecting the agency. This book is part of a series on understanding the U.S. government, and will be of use for research in high school grades and above."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313081149
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/2006
Series:
Understanding Our Government
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

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