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Providing case reports 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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Now generally regarded as an industry standard, these massive clearcuts have become emblematic of rapacious corporate forestry. On the immediate level of pictorial image, there has been a debate on the question of authenticity. Both industry and government foresters contend that such pictures are extremely misleading since they unfairly freeze a single image in the public mind. Typically, the newly planted seedling forest is visibly insignificant against the stark barrenness of the clearcut landscape, and subsequent pictures of the same forest after twenty or forty years of growth are seldom available to balance the context.
However, before moving to the primary subjects, we will consider certain political and social dimensions of forestry at large. In the forestry domain, politics are likely to surface at many locations and to take several forms. Politics are present in any walk of life in which a diversity of interests calls for decisions to be taken collectively. In each case, competing interests will bid for priority, and leaders (often with no party political involvement) face the task of forging responses that are broadly acceptable to participants.
Field staff can be transferred, or threatened with transfer, to distant localities or to ‘punishment’ positions. Algonquin Unit Forester Don George was a tenacious opponent of clearcutting in the Pembroke region of Ontario in the 1970s and 1980s. 65 Introduction Forestry as Ideology The politics of forestry as expressed at the various levels identified in the previous section suggest that forestry is thoroughly ideological. The term ‘ideology’ carries uncomfortable overtones for many people. It may suggest narrow and dogmatic thinking, an unwillingness to accept awkward realities, and a penchant for rigid planning.