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Know the West

Communities and Forests: Where People Meet theLand


Communities and Forests: Where People Meet the Land
ed. Robert G. Lee and Donald R. Field
320 pages, softcover: $29.95.
Oregon State University Press, 2005.

This collection of essays suggests that traditional forest management is shifting, from being solely science-based to accounting for societal and cultural values. Lee and Field present four major types of forestry — managing solely for wood, managing for benefits ranging from watersheds to blueberries, protecting natural forests, and urbanizing forests. Although it’s heavy on technical details, land managers, researchers and curious citizens will find the book informative.