By Peter Clancy, Anders Sandberg
Offering case reports foresters from 1920 onwards, this article unearths a wealthy culture of different 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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Clearly on this issue there are two solitudes – the popular and the professional – which foretells of serious problems ahead. (Edward S. Fellows33) Kaufman points out the crucial role of field staff in delivering programs to the public, MacDonald underlines the inevitable links between forestry and society that are transmitted through professional training, and Fellows notes the growing discrepancy between technical and popular outlooks on forest matters. These are all primary domains for the politics of forestry.
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.
Much of the intellectual climate and operational mandate of a service springs from location. ’56 It will also determine the place of the branch, agency, or department in the hierarchy of state institutions, the patterns of bureaucratic alliance and rivalry within the state overall, and degrees of administrative autonomy open to the forest service. One well-documented instance involves the US Forest Service. 57 Significantly, the Forest Service was attached to the Department of Agriculture, given the evident analogies between farm and forest crops as renewable resources, along with the fact that both land bases were held largely (at the turn of the century) in private hands.
Against the Grain: Foresters and Politics in Nova Scotia by Peter Clancy, Anders Sandberg