Magazine article American Forests

Forever Green; the History and Hope of the American Forest

Magazine article American Forests

Forever Green; the History and Hope of the American Forest

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FOREVER GREEN; The History and Hope of the American Forest, by Chuck Leavell with Mary Welch. $24.95, Longstreet Press, Atlanta GA. 2001.

Here's a book with a pedigree. Written by renowned rock and roll keyboardist Chuck Leavell, with dust-cover accolades by Jimmy Carter and Mick Jagger, it's both a primer of American forestry and the story of a family's love of the forestlands it inherits from a Georgia grandmother.

"My friends say I am a tree farmer in my heart and a musician in my soul." These lines introduce the book with a brief autobiographical sketch of Leavell's early love of music, especially the piano, and his experiences in establishing a tree farm on Charlane Plantation, which he and wife Rose Lane inherited from her grandmother. He tells how he came "to have a great admiration and wonder" for forests and their spirit and for tree farmers as he struggled with inheritance taxes and learned to manage his lands.

Most of the book is a survey of American forestry, with chapters on the vast array of products made from wood, tree physiology and growth, forest types, logging, forest management, and the history of the American forest from Colonial times to the present. …

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