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Forestry and Modern Environmentalism: Ending the Cold War

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The international Cold War that followed World War II set the context for increases in timber harvest, which heightened the tensions between environmentalists and foresters. Although the superpowers have called a halt to their conflict, the metaphorical cold war antagonists have not. Rethinking the history of the Progressive-era origins of both the preservation and the utilitarian perspectives, we see that each emerged in an effort to find alternatives to the depletion of America's natural resources, and neither was as mutually exclusive as they have become. Such a historical foundation allows us to rethink and revise our own habits of mind and find the common ground that could be the basis for peace.

Keywords: communication; education; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; history; natural resource management; natural resources; policy

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Professor of History and Chair Center of the American West, University of Colorado, Campus Box 234, Boulder, CO, 80309,

Publication date: December 1, 2002

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
    Ranking: 22 of 66 in forestry

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