Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: The Wealth of Forests: Markets, Regulation and Sustainable Forestry

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: The Wealth of Forests: Markets, Regulation and Sustainable Forestry

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Review: The Wealth of Forests: Markets, Regulation and Sustainable Forestry By Chris Tollefson (Ed.) Reviewed by Natalie D. Reaves Rowan University, USA Chris Tollefson (Ed.). The Wealth of Forests: Markets, Regulation and Sustainable Forestry. Vancouver, Canada:University of British Columbia Press, 1999. 396 pp. ISBN 0-7748-0682-6 (hardcover); 0-7748-0683-4 (paper). US$85.00 hardcover; US$35.95 paperback. Acid-free paper.

How does one balance the needs of industrial forestry versus the need for sustainable forestry in British Columbia, Canada? Which forest management policies are superior: market oriented or regulatory based ones? Exactly what policy instruments will encourage sustainable forestry with the needs of so many competing interests in British Columbia? These were the essential questions being addressed at a workshop held at the University of Victoria's Law School, British Columbia, Canada, in 1995.

The Wealth of Forests is a collection of 15 papers from this conference written primarily by academics and activists in law, economics, and environmental science. Tollefson brings together an impressive group of scholars whose expertise is the greatest strength of this text. This is a valuable book and the editor covers a lot of territory and issues in detail. This is unfortunate because there are many fine sub-texts presented in the book. In any event, I will stick to a few general observations and let interested readers explore the book in detail. There are five sections in this book. Section I defines sustainable forestry. Section II, the strongest section of the book, offers a vigorous debate between four papers on the suitability of markets as tools for achieving sustainable forestry. …

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