Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9781930066526 Published December 2008

Forests Forever

Their Ecology, Restoration, and Preservation

John J. Berger

Forests Forever

John J. Berger

Distributed for Columbia College Chicago Press

With a Foreword by Charles E. Little
424 pages | 88 color plates, 6 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9
Published in association with Forests Forever Foundation.
Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9781930066526 Published December 2008
Fragile kingdoms of innumerable organisms and rich beauty, forests today are both our most plentiful and our most endangered natural resource. Understanding their workings and how to sustain them is imperative to ensuring the future of humanity. John Berger urges us to learn what can be done to preserve these treasures, and he offers here a compelling guide to the complex issues surrounding forest preservation.

An expanded and revised version of Berger’s bestselling Understanding Forests, Forests Forever offers a clear and readable survey of forest history and management. Berger draws upon diverse sources in law, ecology, economics, politics, and anthropology to argue that ecology, rather than the marketplace, should be the driving force behind forest management. Historical case studies of forests worldwide support this contention, the book reveals, as does the history of governments’ forest policy. Keeping pace with today’s issues, Berger critically evaluates government policy over the last seven years, including a contrast between the destructive policies of the Bush Administration and model programs instituted by the Canadian Boreal Initiative and others.  Ultimately, he offers us the guiding principles of sustainable forestry as an answer to the ever-increasing demand for wood products.

Anchoring the account are galleries of breathtaking full-color images of trees, forest, wildlife, and other forestry subjects taken by the world’s leading nature photographers. A concise and wholly readable account, Forests Forever issues a call to arms for all those concerned with preserving and managing the world’s forests today.
Review Quotes
Dr. Jonathan G. Koomey, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Consulting Professor, Stanford University

“If you’ve ever loved a verdant woodland or a lush rainforest, this book will warm your heart. John Berger has produced a wonderful introduction to how forests work and why they are so important. The book both informs and inspires, conveying a sophisticated understanding of the forces affecting the health of our forests and the ways the reader can help to preserve them.”—Dr. Jonathan G. Koomey, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Consulting Professor, Stanford University

Michael Shuman, author of Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age

“For thousands of struggling communities, Forests Forever provides a practical, compelling blueprint for increasing prosperity by restoring and nurturing their forest economy. It’s an essential tool for local politicians, civil servants, economic developers, and activists.”—Michael Shuman, author of Going Local:Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age



Adam Werbach, former president of the Sierra Club

“The best introductory guide to forestry practices and the issues surrounding the preservation of American forests.”—Adam Werbach, former president of the Sierra Club

Dr. George M. Woodwell, Founder, Director Emeritus, and Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Research Center

"Magnificently done. I am impressed with the importance of the book as a contemporary statement on the status of the management of publicly owned and managed forests, especially in the U.S. and Canada. The book’s emphasis on forestry as opposed to the management of land and landscapes is a perspective that must emerge quickly if we are to preserve ourselves and our natural heritage."—Dr. George M. Woodwell, Founder, Director Emeritus, and Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Research Center

Colleen Mondor | Booklist
"An in-depth look at the history and present dangers facing American forests. . . . Berger carefully considers the way in which people misunderstand their dependence upon trees and woods. An excellent treatise on a subject that is often discussed but rarely studied, Forests Forever is the go-to guide for serious readers seeking to understand the politics of forestry."
Robert Egan | Library Journal
"This is not a book to enchant but one to incite. Sure to get the reader’s attention is Berger’s discussion of the current Bush administration’s baleful rollback of fundamental environmental laws and regulations; likewise, Berger’s examination of the behemoth that is the U.S. Forest Service. Berger’s analysis of a complex topic brings a few key dichotomies into stark relief, i.e., the political cycle of four to six years vs. the forest tree cycle of hundreds to thousands of years; the value of wood pulp vs. the value of standing trees; and clear-cut logging vs. more sustainable harvesting methods. The final chapter on how to plant trees may strike some readers as superfluous, though others may consider this simple act the ultimate activist gesture. A recommended purchase for any library where forest-policy wonks, concerned citizens, activists, and students are among its patrons."
John Cairns, University of Virginia Polytechnic
"John Berger’s superb book rapidly becomes an old friend.  For most of my life walking through the woods was a nearly daily activity.  Now, the abundant beautiful pictures throughout the book serve the same purpose--connecting to nature on a regular basis.  The other major strength of the book is the reestablishment of humankind’s relationship with natural systems upon which its survival depends.  Berger’s book benefits both the mind and the soul."
Chris Maser, author of Our Forest Legacy: Today's Decisions, Tomorrow's Consequences

"Society has learned little from history, in part because the cumulative tyranny of unwise decisions, which led to catastrophic events, has seldom been chronicled. In his book, Forests Forever, John Berger provides a rare archive of such myopic political/economic actions that, if taken seriously, can help prevent further destruction of the world¹s forests, which, after all, constitute part of the global commons. As such, sustainable forests are everyone¹s birthright."

"Beautifully illustrated with dozens of color and historic black-and-white photos, and with sections summaraizing forest history, policy, economics, and restoration, this is an important, readable book, equally valuable as a course resource and reference. Highly recommended."
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