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Past Winners of the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Book Award

The Forest History Society's Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Book Award rewards superior scholarship in forest and conservation history. Below are listed past winners dating back to the award's inception in 1977. Visit the award's main page for recent recipients and more information.


2007
Blackbourn, David. The Conquest of Nature: Water, Landscape, and the Making of Modern Germany. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2006. xii + 466 pp. Illustrations, maps, notes, bibliography, index. Account of the development of German nationhood through transformations of landscape, especially attempts to harness the power of water through reclamation, exploration, river engineering, dam-building, and other methods; mid-eighteenth through early twenty-first centuries.

2006
Harvey, Mark. Wilderness Forever: Howard Zahniser and the Path to the Wilderness Act. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2005. xviii + 325 pp. Photographs, notes, bibliography, index. The life of Howard Zahniser (1906-1964), a prominent figure in the American wilderness preservation movement whose career culminated with the passage of the landmark Wilderness Act of 1964.

2005
Outland, Robert B., III. Tapping the Pines: The Naval Stores Industry in the American South. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2004. xii + 352 pp. Illustrations, maps, notes, bibliography, index. Examines economic, environmental, and social aspects of turpentine and naval stores production in the longleaf pine forests of the southern United States.

2004
Williams, Michael.Deforesting the Earth: From Prehistory to Global Crisis. Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press, 2003. xxvi + 689 pp. Illustrations, maps, notes, bibliography, index. The impact of land clearing for agriculture; prescribed burning for gathering and hunting; and other activities around the world. Also discusses the impact of deforestation on man and the environment.

2002-2003
Miller, Char. Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2001. 458 pp. Illustrations, photographs, notes, index. Detailed biography of first chief of the United States Forest Service Gifford Pinchot (1865-1946). Discusses the influence of Pinchot's family on his political ideologies, his education, his work establishing and running the United States Forest Service, his position as head of the National Conservation Association, and his two terms as governor of Pennsylvania.

2000-2001
Fiege, Mark. Irrigated Eden: The Making of an Agricultural Landscape in the American West. Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books series. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999. xv + 323 pp. Illustrations, maps, notes, bibliography, index. Water supply, water resources development, and irrigation agriculture in the Snake River Valley of the U.S. Northwest; late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. [co-winner]

McNeill, John. Something New under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2000. xxvi + 421 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliography, index. Explores the twentieth-century history of such environmental concerns as acid rain, forest and wildlife management, soil pollution, water pollution, air pollution, climate change, water management, and land utilization. [co-winner]

1998-1999
Rajala, Richard A. Clearcutting the Pacific Rain Forest: Production, Science, and Regulation. Vancouver, B.C.: UBC Press, 1998. xxiii + 286 pp. Illustration, maps, notes, bibliography, index. $75.00. Deforestation in the Douglas-fir regions of British Columbia, Oregon, and Washington from 1880 to 1965. Discussion focuses on clearcut logging, forest management, and forest policy.

1996-1997
Langston, Nancy. Forest Dreams, Forest Nightmares: The Paradox of Old Growth in the Inland West. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1995. xii + 368 pp. Illustrations, notes, selected bibliography, index. Landscape change and federal forest management in the Blue Mountains of Oregon and Washington, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

1994-1995
Whitney, Gordon G. From Coastal Wilderness to Fruited Plain: A History of Environmental Change in Temperate North America From 1500 to the Present. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994. xxxiv + 451 pp. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, index.

1992-1993
Cronon, William. Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West. New York: W. W. Norton and Co., 1991. xxiii + 530 pp. Illustrations, maps, appendix, notes, bibliography, index. Environmental history, focusing on Chicago's role in westward expansion, 1860s to 1890s. [co-winner]

Pisani, Donald J. To Reclaim A Divided West: Water, Law, and Public Policy, 1848-1902. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1992. xxi + 487 pp. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. [co-winner]

1990-1991
Williams, Michael. Americans and Their Forests: A Historical Geography. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989. xxii + 599 pp. Maps, illustrations, footnotes, index. A synthesis of the clearing and use of the American forest, primarily since 1600.

1988-1989
Meine, Curt. Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1988. xv + 638 pp. Illustrations, footnotes, bibliography, index. Covers all aspects of Leopold's (1886-1948) work as a forester, researcher, and university teacher in the American southwest and in Wisconsin.

1986-1987
Richardson, Robert D., Jr. Henry David Thoreau: A Life of the Mind. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986. x + 455 pp. Illustrations, footnotes, index. This account of Thoreau's life from 1837, when he graduated from college, to 1862 focuses on his reading and writing, in which he absorbed and refracted classical and contemporary debates about art, literature, and evolution.

1984-1985
Schrepfer, Susan R. The Fight to Save the Redwoods: A History of Environmental Reform, 1917-1978. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1983. xviii + 338 pp. Illustrations, maps, notes, bibliography, index. Examines the roles of the Sierra Club and the Save-the-Redwoods League in wilderness preservation in California.

1982-1983
Pyne, Stephen J. Fire in America: A Cultural History of Wildland and Rural Fire. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1982. xvi + 654 pp. Illustrations, bibliography, notes, index. Since prehistoric times.

1980-1981
White, Richard. Land Use, Environment, and Social Change: The Shaping of Island County, Washington. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1980. xii + 234 pp. Illustrations, maps, tables, notes, bibliography, index. Focuses on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

1978-1979
Searle, R. Newell. Saving Quetico-Superior: A Land Set Apart. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1977. xvi + 275 pp. Illustrations, maps, notes, index.

1976-1977
Twining, Charles E. Downriver: Orrin H. Ingram and the Empire Lumber Company. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1975. ix + 309 pp. Illustrations, map, notes, appendixes, tables, bibliography, index. Ingram, whose lumbering experience began in New York and Ontario, became the foremost lumberman of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 1857-1918. This work emphasizes marketing and Ingram's conflict and later accommodation with Frederick Weyerhaeuser.