A Douglas-fir forest in western Oregon. U.S. Forest Service photo by Tom Iraci.
In the Pacific Northwest, people and forests are interconnected in many ways. The forests that surround us provide timber and water serve as destinations for recreation and renewal, clean the air we breathe, and absorb and store atmospheric carbon. When these many connections are acknowledged, the need for forest management strategies that consider humans as part of the forest ecosystem becomes apparent. Under this paradigm, we can more realistically plan for sustainable forest and human communities in the future. This is the premise of People, Forests, and Change: Lessons from the Pacific Northwest.
Written by an expert panel of social and forest scientists, the book considers the nature of forests in flux, and how to best balance the needs of forests and the human communities closely tied to them. It focuses on the temperate, moist coniferous forests of the U.S. Pacific Northwest, but many of the concepts apply broadly to challenges in forest management in other regions and countries.