The Agony of an American Wilderness: Loggers, Environmentalists, and the Struggle for Control of a Forgotten Forest

The Agony of an American Wilderness: Loggers, Environmentalists, and the Struggle for Control of a Forgotten Forest

By: Samuel A. MacDonald (author)Paperback

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What is a forest? What are forests for? Who should control them? These are familiar questions, but the Allegheny casts them in a new light. The national environmental movement has become less willing to compromise since its victories in the Pacific Northwest, and the Allegheny is its newest proving ground. This book explains what activists are after, how the struggle differs from more familiar environmental battles and what it means for the future of the American landscape.

About Author

Samuel A. MacDonald is an award-winning journalist who has covered courts, crime, Washington politics, and war-torn Bosnia. He has served as the Washington editor of the libertarian monthly, Reason. His stories have earned several first-place finishes in the annual Maryland, Delaware and District of Columbia Press Association Awards. MacDonald was awarded a Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellowship in May of 2002, and spent the next 18 months investigating the environmental battle unfolding on the Allegheny National Forest. He has written about the crisis for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , and his findings and observations about the Allegheny timber wars have been sought by numerous media outlets.


Part 1 Introduction: Welcome to "Pennsyltucky:" A Strange New Front in the Great American Timber War Chapter 2 The Forgotten Forest: The Allegheny Experience, From Old Growth to Brush Heap and Beyond Chapter 3 Meet the Activists: History, Culture and Politics Collide at the Annual Gathering Chapter 4 Mom and Pop Go Bust: The Complex Plight of the Allegheny Sawmill Chapter 5 I Work in the Woods: Fear and Logging on the Allegheny Chapter 6 Restoration, Reality and the Perils of Science: Can the Allegheny Become a Wilderness Again? Chapter 7 Take It to the Streets: Radical Activists Battle Pre-teen Satirists for Control Chapter 8 Third Way or Third Rail?: Zero Cut Meets Resistance From Within Chapter 9 The Anti-Activist: A Right-wing Renaissance Man in the Land of Bulls, Bars and "Dinors" Chapter 10 Legal Eagles, Underdogs and the Fish that (Almost) Ate Pittsburgh: Half Steps and Caveats in Federal Court Chapter 11 Wilderness Revisted: What is Pretty? And Why It Matters. Chapter 12 Old Growth, New Economy and the Tourism Promise: If you build it, who will come? Chapter 13 Epilogue: The Great Green Pendulum Part 14 Index Part 15 About the Author

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780742541580
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 200
  • ID: 9780742541580
  • weight: 335
  • ISBN10: 0742541584

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