Nature Next Door: Cities and Trees in the American Northeast

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The once denuded northeastern United States is now a region of trees. Nature Next Door argues that the growth of cities, the construction of parks, the transformation of farming, the boom in tourism, and changes in the timber industry have together brought about a return of northeastern forests. Although historians and historical actors alike have seen urban and rural areas as distinct, they are in fact intertwined, and the dichotomies of farm and forest, agriculture and industry, and nature and culture break ...

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Overview

The once denuded northeastern United States is now a region of trees. Nature Next Door argues that the growth of cities, the construction of parks, the transformation of farming, the boom in tourism, and changes in the timber industry have together brought about a return of northeastern forests. Although historians and historical actors alike have seen urban and rural areas as distinct, they are in fact intertwined, and the dichotomies of farm and forest, agriculture and industry, and nature and culture break down when the focus is on the history of Northeastern woods. Cities, trees, mills, rivers, houses, and farms are all part of a single transformed regional landscape.

In an examination of the cities and forests of the northeastern United States-with particular attention to the woods of Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Vermont-Ellen Stroud shows how urbanization processes there fostered a period of recovery for forests, with cities not merely consumers of nature but creators as well. Interactions between city and hinterland in the twentieth century Northeast created a new wildness of metropolitan nature: a reforested landscape intricately entangled with the region's cities and towns.

University of Washington Press

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Editorial Reviews

Orion - Naomi Heindel
Nature Next Door, while providing the ecological and cultural narrative that fills the gap between William Cronon's Changes in the Land and Tom Wessels's Reading the Forested Landscape, is as much about the future—the next hundred years—as it is about the past.
Journal of Interdisciplinary History - J. Brooks Flippen
Stroud's story has global implications far beyond the Northeast.
Planning - Harold Henderson
Stroud helps us understand the process of change at many different scales.
Technology and Culture - Janet Ore
Stroud writes with a clear and elegant voice. The stories of individuals that she weaves throughout her book, particularly those of numerous women, provide a warm human dimension to her landscape analysis.
Human Ecology - Benktesh D. Sharma
The book almost reads as a historical travelogue through the Northeastern forested landscape with occasional pauses to explore the political ecology that shaped present day forests.
Environmental History - Aaron Shapiro
Ellen Stroud offers a compelling historical explanation for the return of America’s northeastern forests. Historians, land managers, and elected officials would do well to consider the historical and continuing relationship between forests, towns, and cities in America’s Northeast. Stroud’s excellent book offers an instructive path into the woods.
Journal of American History - Albert G. Way
The extent of reforestation in the American Northeast is nothing short of remarkable, especially considering that it is the most urbanized region of the nation. Once 75 percent deforested, the region is now 75 percent forested. In this elegant volume, Ellen Stroud asks how that happened and finds unexpected answers.
The New England Quarterly - Anthony Penna
Ellen Stroud…explores the Northeast’s interconnected urban and rural spaces and invites readers to reconsider old assumptions about their separateness. Nature Next Door is essential reading for scholars and citizens interested in the relationship between urban and rural history.
Choice
With this intriguing book, environmental historian Stroud has fundamentally rewritten the recent forest history of the northeastern U.S.
Publishers Weekly
Bryn Mawr environmental historian Stroud uses the stories of Herbert Welch (a lawyer who in the early 20th century annually hiked from his Philadelphia home to his New Hampshire vacation cabin) and other forest advocates to document forest preservation and restoration efforts in four northeastern states, and to show how such efforts were frequently the result of urban needs. In Pennsylvania, efforts to protect the quality of urban water supplies resulted in the establishment of public forest preserves as clean watersheds. In New Hampshire, vacationing city-dwellers initiated forest preservation and restoration efforts to protect the beautiful views and sylvan atmosphere of their summer cabins, while Vermonters discovered that government policies promoting “the forested farm” to city dwellers aided both the tourist and farm economies. In contrast, Maine, lacking a strong urban presence, has struggled to resolve forest-use conflicts between tourists, hunters, loggers, and property developers. For each case study, Stroud closely follows the story of one or more key individuals, bringing them to life with extensive quotations from letters, speeches, and other documents. These personal stories add a refreshingly human touch to the story. The book illuminates the web of connections between forests and the quality of human life, and documents some of the ways in which people have strengthened those ties. Illus. (Oct.)
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"Ellen Stroud offers a compelling historical explanation for the return of America's northeastern forests. Historians, land managers, and elected officials would do well to consider the historical and continuing relationship between forests, towns, and cities in America's Northeast. Stroud's excellent book offers an instructive path into the woods." -Aaron Shapiro, Environmental History

"Ellen Stroud…explores the Northeast's interconnected urban and rural spaces and invites readers to reconsider old assumptions about their separateness. Nature Next Door is essential reading for scholars and citizens interested in the relationship between urban and rural history." -Anthony Penna, The New England Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295993317
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 7/25/2013
  • Series: Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Stroud is an environmental historian at Bryn Mawr College, where she is an associate professor in the Growth and Structure of Cities Department, and holds the Johanna Alderfer Harris and William H. Harris M.D. Chair in Environmental Studies.

University of Washington Press

Ellen Stroud is an environmental historian at Bryn Mawr College, where she is an associate professor in the Growth and Structure of Cities Department, and holds the Johanna Alderfer Harris and William H. Harris M.D. Chair in Environmental Studies.

University of Washington Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword: The Once and Future Forest William Cronon ix

Acknowledgments xiii

A Note on the Maps xix

Introduction: The City and the Trees 3

Chapter 1 Water and Woods in Pennsylvania 16

Chapter 2 New Hampshire Watersheds, Viewsheds, and Timber 50

Chapter 3 Packaging the Forested Farm in Vermont 81

Chapter 4 Who Owns Maine's Trees? 113

Chapter 5 Fractured Forests and the Future of Northeastern Trees 144

Notes 161

Bibliographic Essay 193

Index 201

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