Magazine article American Forests

Reviews -- Clearcut: The Tragedy of Industrial Forestry Edited by Bill Devall

Magazine article American Forests

Reviews -- Clearcut: The Tragedy of Industrial Forestry Edited by Bill Devall

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Clearcut: The Tragedy of Industrial Forestry by Bill Devall, editor. Sierra Club and Earth Island Press, 730 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109 (1993). 291 pp, large format. 76 b/w, 107 color photos. Hardcover, ISBN 0-87156-494-7. $50 plus $7 handling.

This is an impressive book--a large-format creation filled with dramatic photographs and stirring essays by a remarkable cadre of scientists, activists, teachers, and crusaders. Anyone familiar with the debate over forest practices in North America will find this book provocative. It may make you mad or make you cheer, but it will not leave you untouched.

The photographs are intended to provoke response. The editor describes them as "a portrait of the great forests of North America as they cling to life at the end of the 20th century. They reveal that the forests of North America are suffering from a massive, human-caused, catastrophic event--an epidemic of massive clearcutting." These dramatic images provoked the American Forest & Paper Association to launch "four months of careful, on-the-ground investigation into the Sierra Club allegations" (see Closer Look review). …

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