The Northern Forest by David Dobbs

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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.


About David Dobbs

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Dobbs has worked with computers since 1968. He has been working the last few years on the various emerging XML technologies.
Published May 1, 1995 by Chelsea Green Pub Co. 356 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Freelance journalist Dobbs and environmentalist Ober here deftly weave the concerns and dreams of loggers, landowners, foresters and resort owners into a rich tapestry demonstrating that people with widely divergent perspectives can share a vision of the land they love--in this case, the forests ...

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