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By Peter Clancy, Anders Sandberg

Offering case experiences foresters from 1920 onwards, this article finds a wealthy culture of other 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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There is no lack of studies on forest management practices as applied to different physical settings, political jurisdictions, and periods of time. But it is common to find the forester portrayed as an intermediate actor, the agent of broader and higher forces such as the corporation or the state or the public interest. There is a tendency here to see foresters as functional operatives, vital and necessary to be sure, but acting in tightly circumscribed arenas where the focus is applied science.

This is reflected in much of the professional literature. There is no lack of studies on forest management practices as applied to different physical settings, political jurisdictions, and periods of time. But it is common to find the forester portrayed as an intermediate actor, the agent of broader and higher forces such as the corporation or the state or the public interest. There is a tendency here to see foresters as functional operatives, vital and necessary to be sure, but acting in tightly circumscribed arenas where the focus is applied science.

Much of scientific forestry is highly instrumental and manipulative, where experts or technocrats (now equipped with computers) map, measure, and model the minute details of the forest landscape and then take active steps to accommodate human demands for timber, wildlife, species diversity, recreation, and old growth. Expert forestry opinion does not always respond effectively when confronted by public criticism of its technocratic bent. One answer sees the public as misinformed and prone to exaggerate problems.

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