The Resource A conspiracy of optimism : management of the national forests since World War Two, Paul W. Hirt

A conspiracy of optimism : management of the national forests since World War Two, Paul W. Hirt

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A conspiracy of optimism : management of the national forests since World War Two
Title
A conspiracy of optimism
Title remainder
management of the national forests since World War Two
Statement of responsibility
Paul W. Hirt
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Language
eng
Summary
A Conspiracy of Optimism describes the unprecedented controversy now raging over the U.S. Forest Service's management of America's national forests. Focusing on the ideas of "sustained yield," "multiple use," and "intensive management," Paul W. Hirt describes how the first two of these ideas represent the admirable objectives of achieving balance and sustainability in the management of our publicly owned forest lands. However, since the Second World War, neither multiple use nor sustained yield have been effectively implemented. Criticism of the Forest Service has grown since 1945, when demands for commodities accelerated and the agency strove to meet them through its program of intensive management. Although these demands for resources often clashed with "sustainable" limits, the provision of products and services, such as timber and recreation, enhanced the agency's reputation and budget. Confronted with the dual mandate of production and preservation, the agency decided it could achieve both through more intensive management. For a few decades, this "conspiracy of optimism" masked the fact that high levels of resource extraction were destroying forest ecosystems. The repercussions of this management regime - massive clear-cuts, polluted streams, declining wildlife populations, and marred scenery - proved to be socially unacceptable. This book documents the reasons the U.S. Forest Service stands accused of collaborating in the exploitation of our national forests. Hirt illuminates recent changes in administration and policy which suggest a hopeful future for federal lands
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1954-
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Hirt, Paul W.
Dewey number
333.75/0973/09045
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
SD426
LC item number
.H57 1994
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
S494.5.S86O97
NAL item number
v.6
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Our sustainable future
Series volume
v. 6
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  • Forest reserves
  • Forest policy
  • United States
  • Forstpolitik
  • Forstverwaltung
  • USA
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A conspiracy of optimism : management of the national forests since World War Two, Paul W. Hirt
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 379-400) and index
Extent
1 online resource (liv, 416 pages
Form of item
online
Other physical details
illustrations, maps)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1028563429
Label
A conspiracy of optimism : management of the national forests since World War Two, Paul W. Hirt
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 379-400) and index
Extent
1 online resource (liv, 416 pages
Form of item
online
Other physical details
illustrations, maps)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1028563429

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