The Northern Forest is one of the most resilient and valuable forests in the world. This huge, still largely unspoiled ecosystem lies within a day's drive of a third of the nation's population. Intense pressures are now disrupting centuries-old patterns of land ownership and use, causing economic, ecological, and social upheaval.
Dobbs and Ober closely focus on the lives of Northern Forest residents—a mill worker, a forester, several loggers, a fishing guide, and a Christmas tree-farming family—and discover an extraordinary sense of place that arises in those who have a continuous, working relationship with the land.
The relationships of these people with the forest are too often misunderstood by those hoping to preserve the region. The authors assert that environmentalists must finally reinvent their approach to land conservation by creating meaningful, respectful alliances with residents of the special areas they would save.
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About the Author
David Dobbs is a journalist who has written feature articles on environmental issues and other subjects for many magazines, including Outside, Harrowsmith Country Life, Popular Science, and the Los Angeles Times. For more on Dobbs, please visit his website at daviddobbs.net.
Richard Ober is communications director of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, the state's largest conservation organization, and editor of the Society's magazine Forest Notes. To learn more about the Society, please visit their website, www.spnhf.org.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book tells the true stories of people that have lived in these lands for many years not just flatlanders that wound up here. If you want to read a good book that steers clear of stereotypes given to New Englanders this is a good book to read.