By Peter Clancy, Anders Sandberg
Featuring case reviews foresters from 1920 onwards, this article finds a wealthy culture of different and dissenting practices mixed with specialist and political orthodoxies. the purpose is to demonstrate the general public and environmental demanding situations that engulf modern forestry.
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45 This launched a tradition of periodic professional comment on provincial forest policy issues. 46 Constituted around working committees and an annual social/technical meeting, the CIF(NSS) became an important point of reference. As a nonbusiness and non-government body, it enabled foresters to articulate concerns as professionals that it might not be possible to raise as employees. Thus, the Nova Scotia Section petitioned the government in 1959 to replace the Small Tree Act, which it criticized on silvicultural grounds.
A decade later, Eldridge moved to the apex of the provincial forest service with his appointment as deputy minister of the Department of Lands and Forests. More than any other figure in this collection, Eldridge speaks from the perspective of industrial forestry. Another postwar UNB graduate was David Dwyer, who spent his entire career in the DLF. Dwyer declared a preference for the social side of forestry. He preferred working with forest people: woodlot owners, rangers, sawmillers, logging contractors, and other government officials.
It is this range of interests, agendas, and encounters that we wish to address. In the pages below, we will stress the complexity of forestry as a knowledge system. Indeed, much (though certainly not all) of the confusion and acrimony that define today’s situation has resulted from overly simple approaches that confuse separate phenomena by lumping them together. As a result, there are moments when ‘forestry’ is blamed for the excesses of national and international corporations pursuing maximum profits.