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Conspiracy of Optimism Management of the National Forests since World War Two

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By: PW Hirt
464 pages, 9 illus, 19 tabs, 2 maps
Conspiracy of Optimism
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  • Conspiracy of Optimism ISBN: 9780803272880 Paperback Dec 1996 Out of Print #58938
  • Conspiracy of Optimism ISBN: 9780803223752 Hardback Dec 1995 Out of Print #42979
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Provocative...Hirt's argument and particular perspective are valuable additions to the sizable literature on the Forest Service...[Recommended] to anyone interested in the Forest Service, in conservation history, [and] in federal agency behavior. - "Environmental History Review". "A study that combines solid history and informed criticism." - "Wilderness". "Well-researched and well-documented." - "Choice". "A Conspiracy of Optimism" explains the controversy now raging over the U.S. Forest Service's management of America's national forests. Confronted with the dual mandate of production and preservation, the U.S. Forest Service decided it could achieve both goals through more intensive management. For a few decades after World War Two, this "conspiracy of optimism" masked the fact that high levels of resource extraction were destroying forest ecosystems. The effects of intensive management-massive clear-cuts, polluted streams, declining wildlife populations, and marred scenery-initiated several decades of environmental conflict that continues to the present. Hirt documents the roots of this conflict and illuminates recent changes in administration and policy that suggest a hopeful future for federal lands. "A brilliantly conceived interpretation of the events." - "Isis". Paul W. Hirt is an assistant professor of western history at Washington State University.

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Out of Print
By: PW Hirt
464 pages, 9 illus, 19 tabs, 2 maps
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