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Against the Grain

Foresters and Politics in Nova Scotia

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Against the Grain

Foresters and Politics in Nova Scotia

Too often, the ideas and practices of professional foresters have been viewed as monolithic. This book argues that forestry is a more diverse and complex activity than has been generally recognized. It also underlines the political character of the profession. Difference lies at the root of politics, and Nova Scotia forestry has been punctuated by fundamental debates on matters of science, policy, and management. In different ways, the subjects of this volume all have run "against the grain," raising challenges in pursuit of new forestry practice. Many of their challenges have failed, in the face of a determined consensus. Nonetheless, the plurality of views and experiences they reveal are an apt reflection of the inherently political character of modern forestry and of the need to push beyond appearance to find the foundations of both orthodoxy and dissent.

348 pages


Table of Contents

List of Appendices, Maps, Tables, Figures, and Photographs 1. Introduction 2. Otto Schierbeck: Nova Scotia’s First Chief Forester 3. John Bigelow: Nova Scotia Nationalist and Forest Reformer 4. Lloyd Hawboldt: Bringing Science to Forest Policy 5. Donald Eldridge: Advocate for the Industrial Forest Interest 6. David Dwyer: Social Forester in Nova Scotia 7. Richard Lord: Forestry and Landowner Organizations 8. Mary Guptill: The Theory and Practice of Field Forestry / xx 9. Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

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