For nearly a century, Thai state forestry focused overwhelmingly on extracting timber and keeping local people away from the forests. In forest ecosystems that contain some three thousand species of trees, Thai state foresters have concentrated on just three--teak, pine, and eucalyptus. While in recent years foresters have shifted their focus to conservation, they continue to pursue policies that marginalize communities, leaving them with little option but to protest and resist.
Ann Danaiya Usher examines the historical ideas and styles of forestry that have long influenced the practice of Thai state forestry. She also traces the origins of the century-old conflict between foresters and forest communities and argues that unless some kind of resolution is found, the loss of forest is almost certain to continue until there is little left to protect.
Introduction Part 1. Watersheds of Thai Forestry HistoryNam ChonThe Logging BanHuai KaeoThe Susan Kitti ScandalKhor Chor KorThe Death of an Honest Forester Part 2. Scientific Forestry Enters SiamThe Problem of Diversity: The German Forestry ModelHerbert Slade's LegacyColonial Strategies and Historical ResistanceThe Four Failures of Thai Forestry Part 3. The Logical Conclusion: Factory ForestsThe Danish FactorTeak: Green Revolution ForestryPine: A Window on Colonial ForestryEucalyptus: Notorious camaldulensisA "New" PolicyIndustrial Strategies and ResistanceThe End of the Road Part 4. The Making of Thai WildernessTheft and Utopia: The American ModelGeorge Ruhle and the Story of GlacierFathers of Thai ConservationConservation Unlimited Reinventing Thai ForestryNotesBibliographyIndex