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The Northwest has been at the forefront of forest management and research in the United States for more than one hundred years. In The U.S. Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest, Gerald Williams provides an historical overview of the part the Forest Service has played in managing the Northwest’s forests. Emphasizing changes in management policy over the years, Williams discusses the establishment of the national forests in Oregon and Washington, grazing on public land, the Great Depression, World War II, and the rise of multiple-use management policies. He draws on extensive documentation of the post-war development boom to explore its effects on forests and Forest Service workers. Discussing such controversial issues as roadless areas and wilderness designation; timber harvesting; forest planning; ecosystems; and spotted owls, Williams demonstrates the impact of 1970s environmental laws on national forest management. The book is rich in photographs, many drawn from the Gerald W. Williams Collection, housed in University Archives at Oregon State University Libraries. Extensive appendices provide detailed data about Pacific Northwest forests. Chronicling a century of the agency’s management of almost 25 million acres of national forests and grasslands for the people of the United States, The U.S. Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest is a welcome and overdue resource.
Gerald W. Williams, a native Oregonian, began his U.S. Forest Service career in the Umpqua National Forest. He has since been involved in forest planning and social assessments in the willamette National Forest and Pacific Northwest Regional office, and he worked in the Washington, D.C. office as National Historian. He lives in Portland, Oregon, working as a history researcher and writer.
Table of Contents
Environment and Early History
Early Conservation Efforts 1880s-1905
Taming the Wild Forests 1905-1910
Building the Management System 1910-1929
Coping with the Great Depression and War 1930-1945
Ramping Up Production 1946-1959
"Full Speed Ahead" or "Get Out the Cut" 1960-1976
Turbulent Times 1976-1989
Coping with New Directions 1990-2009
Epilogue: The Future of the U.S. Forest Service in the Next 100 Years
Pacific Northwest Region Regional Foresters
Establishment and Discontinuation of Forest Reserves and National Forests in the Pacific Northwest Region
National Forest Acres 2006
Purchase Units (PU), Land Utilization Projects (LUP), National Grasslands (NGL), and Others
Timber Harvest Cut and Sold 1909-2007
Wilderness Areas in Region 6 in 2009
Special Areas in Region 6 in 2009
Wild and Scenic Rivers in Region 6 in 2009
Research Natural Areas in the Pacific Northwest
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