FORESTRY by Jane & Ann Love Drake


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In a more successful entry in the America at Work series than Farming (see review, below), Drake and Love show how the demise of an ancient, beloved fir in a boy's backyard is the catalyst for an exploration of the logging industry and reforestation practices. After Cameron's favorite climbing tree dies, Uncle Erik, a forester, cuts it down and takes the boy on a tour of the forestry industry in western Washington state. The discussion is carefully neutral, covering the advantages of clear-cutting in the short term, and the long-term benefits of the more expensive process of selective harvesting. When possible, the authors explain the necessity for alternative and less intrusive methods. Care for the environment is stressed as the primary concern, but Drake and Love address both sides of the issue. The notion of the forest as a living community is supported by Cupples's illustrations, although perhaps the proximity of rabbits and deer to the foresters is more whimsical than real. A thoughtful look at an often-contentious topic.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 1550744623
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: "Kids Can Press (85 River Rock Dr., Buffalo, NY 14207)"