Their Ecology, Restoration, and Preservation
Distributed for Columbia College Chicago Press
An expanded and revised version of Berger’s bestselling Understanding Forests, Forests Forever offers a clear and readable survey of forest history and management. Berger draws upon diverse sources in law, ecology, economics, politics, and anthropology to argue that ecology, rather than the marketplace, should be the driving force behind forest management. Historical case studies of forests worldwide support this contention, the book reveals, as does the history of governments’ forest policy. Keeping pace with today’s issues, Berger critically evaluates government policy over the last seven years, including a contrast between the destructive policies of the Bush Administration and model programs instituted by the Canadian Boreal Initiative and others. Ultimately, he offers us the guiding principles of sustainable forestry as an answer to the ever-increasing demand for wood products.
Anchoring the account are galleries of breathtaking full-color images of trees, forest, wildlife, and other forestry subjects taken by the world’s leading nature photographers. A concise and wholly readable account, Forests Forever issues a call to arms for all those concerned with preserving and managing the world’s forests today.
“If you've ever loved a verdant woodland or a lush rainforest, this book will warm your heart. John Berger has produced a wonderful introduction to how forests work and why they are so important. The book both informs and inspires, conveying a sophisticated understanding of the forces affecting the health of our forests and the ways the reader can help to preserve them.”—Dr. Jonathan G. Koomey, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Consulting Professor, Stanford University
“For thousands of struggling communities, Forests Forever provides a practical, compelling blueprint for increasing prosperity by restoring and nurturing their forest economy. It’s an essential tool for local politicians, civil servants, economic developers, and activists.”—Michael Shuman, author of Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age
“The best introductory guide to forestry practices and the issues surrounding the preservation of American forests.”—Adam Werbach, former president of the Sierra Club
"Magnificently done. I am impressed with the importance of the book as a contemporary statement on the status of the management of publicly owned and managed forests, especially in the U.S. and Canada. The book’s emphasis on forestry as opposed to the management of land and landscapes is a perspective that must emerge quickly if we are to preserve ourselves and our natural heritage."—Dr. George M. Woodwell, Founder, Director Emeritus, and Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Research Center
"Society has learned little from history, in part because the cumulative tyranny of unwise decisions, which led to catastrophic events, has seldom been chronicled. In his book, Forests Forever, John Berger provides a rare archive of such myopic political/economic actions that, if taken seriously, can help prevent further destruction of the world¹s forests, which, after all, constitute part of the global commons. As such, sustainable forests are everyone¹s birthright."