Magazine article American Forests

New Books and Videos -- Edge Effects: Notes from an Oregon Forest by Chris Anderson

Magazine article American Forests

New Books and Videos -- Edge Effects: Notes from an Oregon Forest by Chris Anderson

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Edge Effects: Notes from an Oregon Forest, by Chris Anderson. University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, IA 52242-1000 (1993). 207 pp. Paperback, ISBN 0-87745-438-8. $9.95.

It's not easy to review a collection of essays like Edge Effects. As Anderson writes in the last of the book's five pieces, "Life and the Essay Compared to a Forest," an essay "is personal, a sharing of the writer's own thoughts and experiences, here and how, directly, openly." There are no standards, no points of reference other than the reader's naive response. "The essay," he writes, "has the structure of an old-growth forest. It's rough and jagged and variously textured, digressive, splintering, apparently unsystematic."

This is Chris Anderson's story of his encounter with logging-wrought change in the forest near his home in Oregon. Though it recounts his frustrations and reactions to the unexpected logging of a forest he loved, it is much more. It is the tale of a person finding personal meaning in change and the discovery, in response, of how to change his own life in unexpected ways. Anderson takes the reader on a "digressive" journey through his experience of learning about forest ecology and the clashing paradigms of traditional forest management and "new forestry. …

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