Knock on Wood Nature As Commodity in Douglas-Fir Country

ISBN-10: 0415944023

ISBN-13: 9780415944021

Edition: 2005

Authors: W. Scott Prudham

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Knock on Woodexplores a region that has in recent years seen more environmental conflict than perhaps anywhere else in the country--the old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest. Home to some of the highest quality timber in the world, states like Oregon are hotbeds of environmental activism, some of it very radical. The region became famous nationally in the early 1990 during the spotted owl controversy, but that was only the top of the iceberg. In the past decade and a half, the logging industry and environmentalists have faced off in a number of intense and even violent disputes. Scott Prudham looks at the social and economic conflicts rising from the timber industry's practices, tracing its motivations, practices, and labor relations. He is equally interested, though, in the troubled relationship between nature and society. As forestry becomes ever more industrialized, the relationship between nature and the social has become increasingly complicated. Partly as a consequence, the politicssurrounding industrialized nature have become sharper, culminating in the dramatic social movements and conflicts seen in recent years. Knock on Woodvividly brings to light how nature's depletion has generated intense battles between a timber industry facing an increasingly competitive international market and environmentalists trying to protect an old-growth forest. .
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Book details

List price: $53.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/4/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

The political economy of an ecological crisis
Working the land : production relations in logging and reforestation
Industrial ecologies and regional geographies
Geographies of scale and scope in lumbering
Toward organic machines : the historical political economy of Douglas-fir tree improvement
Timber and town : the rise and fall of sustained-yield regulation in Oregon's Illinois Valley
Epilogue : owls, ecosystems, and the new forestry
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