By Peter Clancy, Anders Sandberg
Proposing case reviews foresters from 1920 onwards, this article finds a wealthy culture of other and dissenting practices mixed with expert and political orthodoxies. the purpose is to demonstrate the general public and environmental demanding situations that engulf modern forestry.
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Extra resources for Against the Grain: Foresters and Politics in Nova Scotia
Now generally regarded as an industry standard, these massive clearcuts have become emblematic of rapacious corporate forestry. On the immediate level of pictorial image, there has been a debate on the question of authenticity. Both industry and government foresters contend that such pictures are extremely misleading since they unfairly freeze a single image in the public mind. Typically, the newly planted seedling forest is visibly insignificant against the stark barrenness of the clearcut landscape, and subsequent pictures of the same forest after twenty or forty years of growth are seldom available to balance the context.
It contends that contemporary forestry practice is founded on a century of scientific advance and field application, geared to North American ecologies and business realities. 28 Foresters insist that this knowledge is highly relevant in the age of environmentalism and forest ecosystem integrity. 29 In spite of such claims, orthodox professional forestry is still subject to a withering critique and dismissal by many environmental activists. They view its central corpus as unacceptably limiting, tied to a commodity-based approach to the natural world when an ecological approach is required.
Under such banners, a woodsworking coalition 37 38 Introduction (which may be supported by trade unions, employers, local business chambers, or others) advances one action plan, while a preservationist coalition (possibly aligned with wildlife advocates, nature groups, recreational users of the forest, tourist operators, or others) advances another. Despite the evident simplicity, this sort of ideological statement taps into social beliefs and concerns at many levels. In this book, the concept of ideology is especially useful when examining two concepts of professional forestry: its scientific and its social dimensions.
Against the Grain: Foresters and Politics in Nova Scotia by Peter Clancy, Anders Sandberg