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FORESTRY by Jane Drake


by Jane Drake & Ann Love & illustrated by Pat Cupples

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 1-55074-462-3
Publisher: Kids Can

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. (index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)