THE FOREST KILLERS: The Destruction of the American Wilderness by Jack Shepherd

THE FOREST KILLERS: The Destruction of the American Wilderness

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The major enemy of America's forest lands is the lumber industry. Right? Right. And only by the watchful protection of the U.S. Forest Service are these treasured acres saved from decimation.Right? Wrong. This rambling but well-documented and often eloquent study indicts the Forest Service for its mismanagement of public wilderness. The crimes and misdemeanors include reclassifying over 20 million acres from ""noncommercial"" to ""commercial"" status;upping the allowable cuts that lumber companies may make in national forests; and permitting (as well as profiting from) the extensive development of ski and ranch resorts on land supposedly held in trust for future lovers of the wilderness. Shepherd's brief is articulate and thorough: environmental law, national forest and conservation history, timber industry economics, and the knuckling under of politicians--they are named--to big business are all covered. Shepherd nearly overwhelms by the sheer quantity of material including the pulp he presents and one could wish for a more coherent organizational scheme. Yet nearly all this bulky material seems essential in this chronicle of one of the greatest ""ripoffs of America's natural resources."" He proves his case. Now for the sentencing. . . .

Pub Date: June 9th, 1975
Publisher: Weybright & Talley/McKay