Corks & Suspenders: Memoir of an Early Forester is Bill Hagenstein’s own colorful story, a memoir of the heart laid at history’s doorstep by a man who is perhaps American’s greatest living forester.
A gifted orator with a photographic memory, Hagenstein was for more than 40 years the most articulate spokesman and passionate defender for American forestry. In his 35 years as executive vice president of the old Industrial Forestry Association, he testified before Congress more than 250 times and spoke publicly 770 times – once every 10 working days.
No living American has done more to help advance the cause of forestry, real, science-based forest management, free of political betrayal and all of its modern-day hubris than Bill Hagenstein. Now 95, he remains as passionate about forestry as he was 70 years ago, and his message has never changed: good forestry is good for America.
Corks & Suspenders is not only the story of Bill’s life, but the history and politics that have interacted with our forest policies to both provide our nation with the essential building blocks of life and substance. In his book, Bill warns of a current federal harvest management-less philosophy that threatens the very core of sustainably dealing with our environmental problems and concerns.
“Thank goodness Colonel Greeley hired this forester. He has given much to the profession and to the nation. All foresters, conservationists, and anyone remotely interested in forest policy, will find nuggets of wisdom and practicality throughout.”
– Steven Anderson, President, Forest History Society