Peeling Back The Bark
The Bureau of Land Management at Seventy-Five: Who Will Celebrate with Them?By Guest Contributor on March 29, 2022
In 2021, the Bureau of Land Management turned 75 but with little if any fanfare. Historian James R. Skillen, who’s written extensively about the BLM, reflected upon its history. This article appears in the 2021 issue of Forest History Today.…
Black Woman in Green: Excerpts from Gloria Brown’s MemoirBy Guest Contributor on February 4, 2021
In 1999, Gloria Brown became the first female African American forest supervisor in the U.S. Forest Service. Gloria cowrote her memoir Black Woman in Green: Gloria Brown and the Unmarked Trail to Forest Service Leadership (Oregon State University Press, 2020) …
Reclaiming Henry David Thoreau, Forest HistorianBy James Lewis on July 12, 2017
The bicentennial of the birth of Henry David Thoreau this month comes at an auspicious time. Given the political climate we live in, his essay "Civil Disobedience" resonates today more than …
In the Wake of the Ottumwa Belle: From Crisis to ConservationBy Guest Contributor on August 13, 2015
On the 100th anniversary of the last log raft floated on the Upper Mississippi River, scholar and Aldo Leopold biographer Curt Meine reflects upon conservation efforts over the last century and the challenges that lay ahead.
This summer marks an …
A review of "Arming Mother Nature"By James Lewis on June 19, 2014
The following book review by FHS staff historian James G. Lewis appears in the Scientists’ Nightstand section of the July-August 2014 issue of American Scientist.
ARMING MOTHER NATURE: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism. Jacob Darwin Hamblin. 320 pp. Oxford …
Happy 125th Birthday, Aldo Leopold!By Guest Contributor on January 11, 2012
On this date in 1887, author, forester, ecologist, and conservationist Aldo Leopold was born in Burlington, Iowa. The founder of the science of wildlife management and a major influence on the wilderness movement, wildlife preservation, and environmental ethics, he is …
Happy 40th Birthday, Woodsy Owl!By James Lewis on September 15, 2011
Give a hoot—and a holler—for Woodsy Owl! Today’s his birthday. Or at least it’s the 40th anniversary of the press conference announcing Woodsy’s arrival. And that’s close enough for us.
We won’t bore you with the details of how he …
Add One Northern Spotted Owl, Stir in Controversy, and Bring to a BoilBy James Lewis on March 7, 2009
On March 7, 1991, U.S. District Court Judge William Dwyer blocked logging of all old-growth trees on national forests in the Pacific Northwest that were habitat for the northern spotted owl to protect the animal. Ruling in favor of the …
[Reminder] The Next Environmentalism: After the 2008 ElectionBy Amanda Ross on November 7, 2008
With votes cast, ballots counted, and winners announced, what does the 2008 election portend for the environmental movement? Please join us as historian Robert Gottlieb discusses “The Next Environmentalism” in a public lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Duke University.…
The Next Environmentalism: After the 2008 ElectionBy Amanda Ross on October 15, 2008
The American environmental movement has periodically experienced shifts in focus and organizational priorities following key elections. Notable transformative junctures include the 1970 and 1972 congressional elections; the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan, which sent ripple effects throughout the environmental movement; …