This study of foresters and forestry in Nova Scotia presents
profiles of seven forestry professionals, whose careers run from the
1920s to the present. Including figures from the interwar, postwar, and
contemporary periods, the sample reflects issues and experiences in
industrial, government, and civil-sector forestry. It points to a rich
tradition of alternative and dissenting practices that is intertwined
with the professional and political orthodoxies of the day.
Too often, the ideas and practices of professional foresters have
been viewed as monolithic. This book argues that forestry is a more
diverse and complex activity than has been generally recognized. It
also underlines the political character of the profession. Difference
lies at the root of politics, and Nova Scotia forestry has been
punctuated by fundamental debates on matters of science, policy, and
management. In different ways, the subjects of this volume all have run
"against the grain," raising challenges in pursuit of new
forestry practice. Many of their challenges have failed, in the face of
a determined consensus. Nonetheless, the plurality of views and
experiences they reveal are an apt reflection of the inherently
political character of modern forestry and of the need to push beyond
appearance to find the foundations of both orthodoxy and dissent.
Against the Grain speaks to the concerns of foresters,
social scientists and resource managers in a variety of fields.
Sandberg and Clancy draw upon archival materials, public records, and
personal interviews with the subjects to set their seven protagonists
in a wider historical context. The profiles and the conclusions that
follow from them have relevance well beyond the province of Nova
Scotia, giving deeper perspective to the public and environmental
challenges that have engulfed contemporary forestry.
L. Anders Sandberg teaches environmental policy and resource management in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto. He is the editor of Trouble in the Woods (1992) and co-editor of Sustainability - The Challenge (1998). Peter Clancy teaches political science at St. Francis Xavier University. His research interests include business-government relations in Canada, the politics of the Canadian North, and resource management policy.
List of Appendices, Maps, Tables, Figures, and Photographs 1. Introduction 2. Otto Schierbeck: Nova Scotia's First Chief Forester 3. John Bigelow: Nova Scotia Nationalist and Forest Reformer 4. Lloyd Hawboldt: Bringing Science to Forest Policy 5. Donald Eldridge: Advocate for the Industrial Forest Interest 6. David Dwyer: Social Forester in Nova Scotia 7. Richard Lord: Forestry and Landowner Organizations 8. Mary Guptill: The Theory and Practice of Field Forestry / xx 9. Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index