Valuing Nature: The Decline and Preservation of Old-Growth Forests

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This book demonstrates the importance of shifting values in natural resources policy decision-making and sets the stage for a more focused debate on the ethical criteria that should be employed in environmental policy decisions.

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Overview

This book demonstrates the importance of shifting values in natural resources policy decision-making and sets the stage for a more focused debate on the ethical criteria that should be employed in environmental policy decisions.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal Of Regional Science
Professor Booth's book is a must read for those interested in the gestation of the conflict as well as the development of the forest products industry in the Pacific Northwest. . . . Booth, a northwest native, describes the process of ecological succession of the forest areas of western Oregon and Washington, so that even a rank amateur could comprehend the process . . .The book is a thought provoking history of an ongoing resource conflict and the evolution of thought on the value of nature.
Journal of Regional Science
Professor Booth's book is a must read for those interested in the gestation of the conflict as well as the development of the forest products industry in the Pacific Northwest. . . . Booth, a northwest native, describes the process of ecological succession of the forest areas of western Oregon and Washington, so that even a rank amateur could comprehend the process . . .The book is a thought provoking history of an ongoing resource conflict and the evolution of thought on the value of nature.
Growth and Change
Readers who are interested in the cost benefit/moral duty debate or who have an interest in old growth forest in the Pacific Northwest in particular will find this a useful book.
Choice
A balanced treatment of a very timely topic . . . for upper-division undergraduates, graduates, and faculty in disciplines ranging from US history to philosophy to forest policy. All levels.
John M. Gowdy
A masterful presentation of the ecological and socioeconomic history of Northwest forests. . . . just the sort of analysis needed to broaden the scope of economics beyond simple cost-benefit calculations. . . . an excellent supplement for a course in resource economics or environmental ethics.
CHOICE
A balanced treatment of a very timely topic . . . for upper-division undergraduates, graduates, and faculty in disciplines ranging from US history to philosophy to forest policy. All levels.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847678600
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/22/1993
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas E. Booth is retired associate professor of economics at Marquette University and a founding board member of the Driftless Area Land Conservancy.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
1 Valuing Nature: Introduction 1
2 Natural History of Old-Growth Forests 25
3 Aboriginal View of Nature and Old-Growth Forests 45
4 Valuing Forests in the Era of Exploitation 71
5 Economic and Natural History: Timber Harvesting and the Decline of Old-Growth Forests 95
Appendix 5A Prelogging and Modern Estimates of Old Growth 111
6 Timber Dependency and the Preservation of Old-Growth Forests 125
7 Valuing Nature and the Preservation of Old-Growth Forests 173
Appendix 7A Valuing Nature for Itself: Comments from Hearings, 1968-1983 195
Appendix 7B Ecological Holism and the Human Connection to Nature: Comments from Hearings, 1967-1983 198
8 Valuing Endangered Species and Old-Growth Forests: Toward Ethical Holism 203
Appendix 8A Noninstrumental Evaluations and Environmental Holism: Comments from the Endangered Species Hearings on the Spotted Owl 216
9 How Should Old-Growth Forests Be Valued? 225
Bibliography 245
Index 267
About the Author 289
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