By Peter Clancy, Anders Sandberg
Proposing case reports foresters from 1920 onwards, this article unearths a wealthy culture of other and dissenting practices mixed with expert and political orthodoxies. the purpose is to demonstrate the general public and environmental demanding situations that engulf modern forestry.
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Nova Scotia’s unusual tenure pattern seems to have been considered an anomaly best ignored. Government foresters have viewed their restricted Crown share as a crushing handicap. To paraphrase Sigmund Freud, it might be said that the Department of Lands and Forests has suffered from the syndrome of ‘Crown land envy’ when it has met its counterparts from other parts of Canada. ’71 As a result, programs of private land purchase have been pursued, with different levels of vigour, since the 1930s. This special feature seems to have been little recognized in forestry education, which remains focused on managing Crown holdings.
Typically, the newly planted seedling forest is visibly insignificant against the stark barrenness of the clearcut landscape, and subsequent pictures of the same forest after twenty or forty years of growth are seldom available to balance the context. On this particular point, there can be little question that opponents of clearcutting have scored a massive tactical advantage. It would seem that not only is a picture worth a thousand words but also that the first picture is worth more than any subsequent pictures to the contrary.
State-owned) forest lands in order that superior stands are available to meet public policy needs. Until relatively recently, this has meant making them available for use by private business, according to lease and in return for a royalty payment known as stumpage. This relationship between forester and employer is complex, and it involves many variations. For example, within the corporate category, there are differences between employment by lumber firms, pulp and paper firms, and forest land companies.