The Final Forest: Big Trees, Forks, and the Pacific Northwest - By William Dietrich
The Final Forest: Big Trees, Forks, and the Pacific Northwest
By William Dietrich
Published by University of Washington Press
Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award
Before Forks, a small town on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, became famous as the location of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight books, it was the self-proclaimed "Logging Capital of the World" and the center of the noisy, passionate, and sometimes violent debate over how to manage the nation's remaining old-growth forests. Since William Dietrich first published The Final Forest in 1992, logging in Forks has been overshadowed by tourism. Though the outside world has given it a new persona, Forks' own identity, culture, and economy remain closely tied to the forests that surround it. In a new introduction and afterword, we learn how the town has changed and what has happened to the people who were so entrenched in the timber wars.
"In writing as lush as the threatened forests he describes, William Dietrich captures why the battle isn't merely for the ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest and California, but for the health of the planet itself." - Michael L. Fischer, former Executive Director, Sierra Club
"Engrossing and well-written, this is a model of balanced reporting and reasoned analysis." - Publishers Weekly
"Dietrich presents in an easy-to-read narrative style the point of view of various participants in this war, from the logger whose way of life is threatened to a biologist concerned with saving the northern spotted owl. Highly recommended." - Library Journal
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