The American People and the National Forests
The First Century of the U.S. Forest Service
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press
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Chapter 1: A Century of Change
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I EMPHASIZE five major developments that occurred in the history of the Forest Service over its first century, from 1905 to 2005, each of which took place against the backdrop of the prior history of the forest reserves that began in 1891, when the first legislation leading to the Forest Service’s establishment was passed. These developments were the initial commitment...
Chapter 2: The Silvicultural Imperative, 1891–1920
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TRADITIONAL accounts of the early history of the U.S. Forest Service have emphasized its legislative and administrative development in a legal context. The customary historical benchmarks have long been the reserve authorization of 1891, the Forest Management Act of 1897, and the Transfer Act of 1905, which lodged the management agency permanently in the...
Chapter 3: Evolution of an Agency Clientele, 1920–1975
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DURING the years between 1920 and 1975, the public circumstances surrounding the Forest Service evolved markedly. These new circumstances did not arise from legislative innovations or innovations from within the agency or the profession but from the broader changes in society. The increased use of automobiles made the forests more accessible to hunters, campers, ...
Chapter 4: Confronting the Ecological Forest, 1976–2005
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DDURING the last third of the twentieth century, a combination of initiatives from citizens and scientists brought a new perspective to bear on forest management. From one vantage point it brought together components of wildlife, watershed, recreation, and aesthetic objectives, most of which had been subordinated to extractive agency commitments in grazing and...
Epilogue: Facing the Future
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AS THE U.S. Forest Service stood at the threshold of its second century in 2005, it faced the future with a compelling inheritance. From the vantage point of those charged with shaping agency affairs in the past, this inheritance took the form of a legacy, a responsibility carried over from earlier years to its future programs. From the vantage point of future...
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Page Count: 216
Publication Year: 2009