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The last stand;: Ralph Nader's study group report on the national forests


Publisher:Grossman Publishers



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The account of how the natural treasure of our National Forests is being plundered by the commercial logging industry is a chronicle of the mismanagement of the public trust, of the acquiescence of public agencies before the arrayed power of private interests, of the threat to our most precious resources. With care and concern, Daniel Barney and his colleagues expose the nature of the timber industry's designs on our public forests; the Forest Service's decline from staunch protector of its domain to cuckold of those who would possess it; the blind acquiescence of a Congress far too ready to heed the lobbyists of private benefit rather than the needs of the public interest. The deceptions of the logging industry's euphemisms-even-aged management, over-mature forests, crop harvest-is discussed and exposed; Barney's purview even extends into the realm behind the red-wood paneled walls of the Forest industries Building in Washington to reveal the nature and function of the industrial trade association; to maximize the profits of its members, at a cost to the public far greater than we can afford. It is in our treatment of our national resources, The Last Stand demonstrates, that we are able to measure the state of our society; in the national forests, we have seen the legacy of Thoreau disappear before the demands of the corporate timber lords. In The Last Stand we see what is happening to our trees, and what is happening to us.

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