• Title: The Final Forest: The Battle for the Last Great Trees of the Pacific Northwest
  • Author: WilliamDietrich
  • ISBN: 9780140177503
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Final Forest The Battle for the Last Great Trees of the Pacific Northwest In a riveting exploration of our connection to all that we cherish and exploit on Earth a Pulitzer Prize winning correspondent for The Seattle Times examines the human side of the struggle that looms
    In a riveting exploration of our connection to all that we cherish and exploit on Earth, a Pulitzer Prize winning correspondent for The Seattle Times examines the human side of the struggle that looms as the fate of our forest s is determined.

    One Reply to “The Final Forest: The Battle for the Last Great Trees of the Pacific Northwest”

    1. didn't exist when I read this so I don't need to apologize for being late in writing about it. When it was published, I worked in Seattle as a port agent for a company that serviced bulk cargo tankers in the Puget Sound and I wanted to read Dietrich's views on the spotted owl controversy. But I left the copy on my work desk with a bookmark in it and soon after, I was fired from my job.I saw Mr. Dietrich a few years ago when he came to my school to talk and read about his latest book (at that tim [...]

    2. Phenomenal. One of the first times I have really taken time to listen to diverse perspectives in the conservation/preservation debate and suddenly found myself on the side of the loggers in Forks,WA. It made me feel more connected to the diverse perspectives people come from in relating to the natural world. I loved the truth spoken when a logger said that when tourists look into the ugliness of a clearcut and are shocked they are only looking into the desires of their own heart. Such a great re [...]

    3. Man this should be required reading in schools. Environmentally a great lesson, though not presented in a condescending manner. This is one of the most effective pieces of journalism I have come across. Loggers, Forestry, Industry, Local communities and Environmentalists both conservative and radical have a voice. All side have an equal platform and the reader cannot help but sympathize with everyone at times. This is more about what we as a society have to change when realities become apparent, [...]

    4. A very balanced perspective on logging in the Pacific Northwest--which sounds boring, but is actually quite interesting:) It dragged a little in parts, particularly the parts where Deitrich threw out a whole bunch of numbers and statistics, but that's more a statement about what I'm interested in (big picture, not numbers;) than the worth or interest of the book. Plus, how cool is it to learn about stuff that was going on in your own backyard?

    5. This is true journalism. Bill Dietrich (now an environmental journalism professor at Western Washington University) walks a delicate balance in this book, outlining the logging industry in Washington state, its historic, cultural and socio-economic importance. Hitching rides with loggers in Forks, deep in the forest of the Olympic Penninsula, he weaves a compassionate portrait of their livelihood but also makes a critical examination of our use of natural resources as an industry.

    6. This is an excellent account of the logging wars that went on in the Pacific Northwest. Dietrich does a nice job interviewing the main characters and showing the issue from multiple angles. It would be interesting if there was a followup as it was written in 92.

    7. Fascinating stuff. Somewhat of a history of the Olympic Peninsula, which I didn't expect but was excited to read. It was fun for me to read about the spotted owl debate of the 80s and 90s while hooting for spotted owls. Was educational and at times upsetting. A few slow parts in the middle (not really interested in the politics of the logging debate). I think this should be required reading for anyone living on the peninsula or who has an opinion about or interest in logging and the spotted owl. [...]

    8. This is an important book for people living in the Pacific Northwest, especially Washington State. William Dietrich is an excellent writer, and with this book, he accomplished something unusual. He reported on the forests of the Olympic Peninsula, the timber industry, and the Spotted Owl controversy, all centering on the town of Forks. Each chapter draws you into the lives of people living in little Forks who are committed to a particular role in the forest-- loggers who cut down the trees, wild [...]

    9. While many praise Dietrich's work about the ancient forests of the Pacific North West as balanced, I would say that he does a much more thorough job of humanizing the loggers and demonstrating the complexities of logging from their perspective. Perhaps this was a new view at the time the book was written, as he paints a portrait of a crazed environmentalism that does not take into account the human lives impacted by restricted logging. While I had a hard time putting the book down, it could have [...]

    10. Read this right before going out the Hoh Rainforest on the Olympic peninsula, and even staying in Forks for the night. An amazing snapshot of all the types of people, from logging truck drivers to big time environmental activists, that tie into the controversy over old growth logging. Dietrich's writing is clear and beautiful, covering the entire history of the Olympics from early exploration and settlement through modern timber harvesting (with a nod to Twilight tourism) and how perspectives ev [...]

    11. Good book about the old growth forests in the Pacific Northwest and the people that worked in them, the forest scientists, and the people that advocated for their preservation. It really breaks my heart that so much old growth was logged with the idea that second growth managed for timber was the way to go. With my ankle situation, I haven't been to real old growth for a log time (except for the California redwoods, but there was little solitude there).I liked reading the 2010 edition with a new [...]

    12. Read this book after a family vacation on the Olympic Peninsula. An outstanding book encompassing "all points of view" so to speak about the Olympic Peninsula. Dietrich focuses on the battles over natural resources - here, this means the great forests - and broadens the reader's mind about both the biological values of the region, and also the livelihoods that depend upon the forests there. A very balanced and enjoyable read.

    13. No matter your opinion when you begin this book, I believe you'll find food for thought somewhere in it. It presents many ways to consider the forest and forestry, nature, forest workers, federal agencies, owls, personal bondings with nature and the forest (by loggers, foresters, environmentalists) impacts on people and the land. This is a complicated subject well researched and described.

    14. If you are curious at all about the Spotted Owl and forestry in Washington, this is a good book to read. It presents both sides of the story in a(sometimes frustrating)fairly unbiased view. I highly recommend it.

    15. Was nice to hear descriptions of the problem/solutions from different viewpoints, from industry to environmentalists to the forest service. Learned a lot about logging and the dramatic changes that took place in the industry from 1970-1992.

    16. This book changed my one sided opinion about the timber industry and the Spotted Owl. It was a good look at both sides of an ecological issue--both the environmental and the social.

    17. Written in 1992, about spotted owl time, Dietrich wrote this treasure of a book. A new edition comes out in October.

    18. The 'Omnivores Dilemma' of the timber industry; you'll finish the book understanding the challenges of preserving what we also rely on in every day life.

    19. Quite educational for a tree lover like me with no expertise in the fields of forestry and logging; learning about the duels between environmentalists and loggers, etc. was eye-opening.

    20. I remember that this book alternates views between environmentalists and loggers, showing that ultimately they both respect and value the forest.

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