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This collection of Stuever's popular columns celebrates the bond between land and people and inspires us to preserve our forest treasures.

About the Author

Mary Stuever is the state timber management officer with New Mexico's State Forestry Division. Her syndicated column "The Forester's Log" appears in newspapers in communities throughout the U.S. and Canada. She has published essays in such works as A Mile in Her Boots and served as one of the editors for Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains (UNM Press).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press (March 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826344585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826344588
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,819,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Throughout her long and active career as a forester, Mary Stuever has worked as a firefighter and in forestry rehabilitation, forestry planning, and environmental education. Luckily for us, Stuever is a writer, as well as a participant in forest management, and over the past quarter-century, she has documented her work in the forests of the Southwest, writing about the challenges that foresters and forests face: woodlands in serious decline, the threat of massive wildfires, and invasions by insects and by creeping American suburbs. Her new book, The Forester's Log: Musings From the Woods, is a collection of nearly a hundred short essays written between 1985 and 2008 and published in rural newspapers, national magazines, anthologies and websites. It provides a valuable glimpse into the life of a working woman forester, the conditions of America's Southwestern forests (and beyond), and the efforts of federal and state officials to deal with the enormous challenge of managing the forest.

The essays are thematically arranged in five chapters: Fire, Forestry, Burn Area Recovery, Environmental Education, and Recreation. But although the chapter titles are slanted toward the professional, the stories Stuever tells run the gamut from the ordinary to the extraordinary, from the ho-hum work-a-day world of planting trees ("Green Side Up, Okay?) to thrilling accounts of fighting fires ("Fire") and sad tales of bark beetles ("Dying Pinyons").
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The writer expresses her passion for maintaining and preserving the very forests that help keep all of us alive with her astute writing skills. She captures so much of the day-to-day life of a forester that it becomes a vivid picture for the reader who wants to learn what happens in our western forests.

From the danger of firefighting to land stewardship, forest management, and environmental education in the real world, Stuever provides the reader thought-provoking observances that can be read in two or three page 'bytes' and mulled over for hours. An excellent book to distract you from the artificial environment of modern life.
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Mary Stuever has written a book for this time in our environmental evolution particularly appropriate for the Southwest, but not just limited to that region in its message. She does a great job of showing how the people, cultures, and mandates of our institutions combine to create the tensions as well as the progress we make in our land management systems. Although the book is drawn partly from her syndicated columns, it hangs together as a narrative that takes you from an understanding of historic management practices and fire in the forest to the place we find ourselves in today. I highly recommend this book.
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Terrific collection of short, non-fiction writings done by a woman who knows her stuff! Stories about fighting forest fires, cleaning up and reforesting after fires, ecologically sound practices about preserving and protecting our forests, and more. Also, touching stories about people, animals, and places she has known. Great short reads, with dozens of different entries. My high school is buying a set to use for teaching non-fiction and journalism!
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This book is not only educational, it's poetic. It's easy to tell this woman is a forester because she loves the woods. What's nice is she's a good writer, too.
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