By Peter Clancy, Anders Sandberg
Featuring case reviews foresters from 1920 onwards, this article unearths a wealthy culture of other and dissenting practices mixed with expert and political orthodoxies. the purpose is to demonstrate the general public and environmental demanding situations that engulf modern forestry.
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John Bigelow looked to dynamic commodity markets to provide the price and equity incentives for improved forest management, though his was a voice before its time. We should stress that lumbermen were not at all blind to the advantages of technical forestry. Indeed, one of our subjects, Donald Eldridge, began his career with the Eddy Lumber Company as a surveyor and forest land buyer. But here there was more room for variation. Where pulp companies were obliged to secure extensive forest acreage prior to financing and startup, most lumber companies continued to acquire quality sawlog properties over their operating lifetimes, constantly engaged in the buying, selling, and leasing of timber stands.
In this book, the concept of ideology is especially useful when examining two concepts of professional forestry: its scientific and its social dimensions. Ideological notions abound in the specialized vocabularies of the science of forest management. Consider, for example, the prospective treatment of forest insects destructive of forest biomass. Biological and botanical science has always been close to modern forestry, both in theory and in practice. Not only is it a foundation of the university curriculum, but it also animates much of the field research for modern silviculture.
Despite several decades of service to the section, he could not accept its repudiation (at the urging of industrial foresters) of the forest Group Venture program that it was his job to promote. Normally, however, the CIF(NSS) was sensitive to the core commitments of its members’ paymasters in business and government when it chose the grounds for political engagement. Introduction The Politics of Institutional Affiliation Foresters’ professional outlooks are heavily influenced by their immediate institutional affiliations with the work world.
Against the Grain: Foresters and Politics in Nova Scotia by Peter Clancy, Anders Sandberg