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The Bitterroot and Mr. Brandborg: Clearcutting and the Struggle for Sustainable Forestry in the Northern Rockies Hardcover – March 15, 2011
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"An excellent study of the evolution of 20th-century national forest policy and the history of conservation in the United States." -- James G. Lewis, Forest History Today, Spring 2012
"Swanson's elegant prose and insightful analysis tackles a controversial subject to tell an engaging and significant story about a man who devoted his life to building sustainable lives for the ordinary folks who love, work, and protect the West." -- Will Bagley, Roundup Magazine, June 2012
"The Bitterroot and Mr. Brandborg is a tour de force. Swanson opens a much larger story about the meaning of public lands in a democratic society. This book will have a profound impact on our understanding of the environmental dilemmas and political controversies that have rocked the northern Rockies since the mid-twentieth century.”Char Miller, Director of Environmental Analysis and W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis, Pomona College, and author of Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism
About the Author
Frederick Swanson writes about the West from his home in Salt Lake City. His book Dave Rust: A Life in the Canyons (University of Utah Press, 2007) won the David W. and Beatrice C. Evans Biography Award of the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies.
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This book has won the 2010 Wallace Stegner Prize in Environmental and American Western History from the University of Utah.
The forester's campaign for sustainability and courage in confronting a juggernaut - an industry and political system working in tandem - give him an important place in the environmental movement and the history of the western United States. The book explores the many sides of the nation's long-running forest management controversies, and presents the battles over Bitterroot harvests as a local case that illustrated the pressure on all the national forests. The combination adds great depth to the saga, which deserves additional kudos as a primer on folly and on the ways interest groups shape government decisions.
Whatever their reason for picking up "The Bitterroot and Mr. Brandbourg," readers will be well pleased with it. The book is detailed enough for the most demanding researcher into the nation's forest issues, yet is fast paced and eminently accessible to readers less familiar with the story. And the author's quiet writing style makes Brandbourg's struggle more moving. As portrayed by the author, Brandbourg is a likeable man on a mission. Superior story-telling brings both man and quest alive.