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Stepping Back to Look Forward: A History of the Massachusetts Forest

Series: Harvard University Forest

By: Charles HW Foster(Editor)

352 pages, 14 b/w photos, 39 b/w illustrations, 2 tables

Harvard University Press

Hardback | Aug 1998 | #86265 | ISBN: 0674838300
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This timely collection of essays, written by recognized forestry and environmental specialists, tells the story of the conservation, use, and changes in Massachusetts' forests over time. It begins with ecology and land-use history through pre-settlement, colonial, and post-Revolutionary periods, and ends with recommendations on how history may inform policy. It documents the origin and growth of state forestry programs and underscores the importance of private and local leadership and Massachusetts' roles in the emergence of national conservation and forestry efforts. Economic contributions and educational programs are detailed. Stepping Back to Look Forward concludes with a call to awaken and reinvigorate the historical connection between citizens and their forests, an initiative of potential significance not only to Massachusetts but to the nation.


Charles H.W. Foster

The Massachusetts Forest: An Historical Overview
Charles H.W. Foster

Ecological History of Massachusetts Forests
John F. O’Keefe and David R. Foster

The Economic Uses of Massachusetts Forests
Nancy M. Gordon

The Private Forestry Movement in Massachusetts
William A. King

Massachusetts State Forestry Programs
William H. Rivers

Professional Forestry, Forestry Education, and Research
Robert S. Bond

Massachusetts Contributions to National Forest Conservation
Stephen Fox

Town Forests: The Massachusetts Plan
Robert L. McCullough

The Massachusetts Forest Today
Charles H.W. Foster


Authors’ Profiles

General Bibliography

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Charles H.W. Foster is Adjunct Research Associate and Lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a former Massachusetts Commissioner of Natural Resources, Secretary of Environmental Affairs, and Dean of the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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