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From the Publisher"Using a charismatic discourse and witty convictions, Chris Maser argues that the functionality of nature’s design can be and has been used as a guiding framework to build human communities. ... Maser’s ability to bridge scientific theory with social psychology is compelling. ... Not since Jones and Cloke’s Tree cultures: The place of trees and trees in their place (2002), and Konijnendijk’s The forest and the city: The cultural landscape of urban woodland (2008), has there been a text so comprehensively bridging urban nature, human culture, and structural process. ... Through practical logic, scientific explanation, and unparalleled social insight and intuition, Maser breaks down stereotypical absolutisms in environmental management planning. ... the book offers excellent insight into the relationships, functions, and parallels of forests and cities; human behaviour; and also management planning strategies. Set against the backdrop of global climate change, this book reinforces the idea that thinking about green nature in relation to urbanization processes is integral to developing sustainable communities in the interest of human health and quality of living."
—Adrina Bardekjian, York University, The Canadian Geographer, 2012, 56(3)
"… provides an important and unique perspective on the strong relationships and parallels between human-made systems and structures and other natural systems and structures. The convergence of the social and physical sciences; of science and spirituality; of art and science and of other previously isolated fields of endeavor and belief will be, I believe, the hallmark of this century. Chris's book elegantly weaves together two such realms of thought and understanding. … I believe this book will make a significant contribution …"
—Jane Silberstein, Bainbridge Island, Washington
"Maser makes a compelling case for the importance of maintaining Nature's processes, which ultimately sustain the quality of our life."
—R.S. Whaley, Ph. D., President, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York
"I am very impressed by the contribution you have made to Oregon's natural environment and our collective quality of life."
—John A. Kitzhaber, M.D., Governor, State of Oregon
"Author, lecturer, and international consultant on forest management issues, Chris Maser of Corvallis, Oregon, is known to some as the 'Ghandi of the Forest.' … His informed, nonadversarial approach toward environmental issues and competing interest groups has won him the respect of conservationists, government agencies, and members of the timber industry …"
—Will Hornyak, The Stewards' Journal