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In a Dark Wood: The Fight Over Forests & the Myths of Nature

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In a Dark Wood presents a history of debates among ecologists over what constitutes good forestry, and a critique of the ecological reasoning behind contemporary strategies of preservation, including the Endangered Species Act. Chase argues that these strategies, in many instances adopted for political, rather than scientific reasons, fail to promote biological diversity a ...more
Paperback, 535 pages
Published May 11th 2001 by Transaction Publishers (first published September 27th 1995)
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Apr 14, 2011 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"Ideas have consequences." - Richard M. Weaver
With his book, In a Dark Wood, Alston Chase has written a story about the ecological struggle over the forests, but in doing so he has also developed the history of an idea. The idea is really many ideas, incorporating questions about the definition of nature, the science of ecology and the question of eco-systems -- just what are they and what should we do about them.

"It is a tale without heroes or villains, in which the bad guy isn't a person at a
Jun 02, 2008 John rated it really liked it
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If you "think" you know all about the origins of the environmentalist movement, then think again (unless you are a Phd in the subject or something like that!) This book is an excellent way to bring yourself up to speed on the history of the environmental movement in the United States. Alston Chase has his opinions but he does a pretty good job of holding them in check until the very end. By that time (it's a long book) you will have already had time to develop your own opinion and you can either ...more
Jul 01, 2009 Peter rated it really liked it
Presents a background on the Environmental movement. Focuses specifically on Redwoods, spotted owls and Earth First! because that is where a lot of the action was. Very readable. I don't agree with the author about everything, but on a few points I find him very convincing.

1. There is no natural state to get back to. Humans have been altering the environment in major ways (by deliberately cause forest fires among other reasons) as far back as we can tell.

2. Any decision on protecting the enviro
May 11, 2012 Latham rated it liked it
This book takes a hard look at the evolution of our perceptions of nature & the environmental movement. From John Muir to Earthfirst, from loggers to politics, this book touches on it all. The author clearly did his homework & much of it chronicles the events of scientists, as well as government. Most importantly, the book highlights much of the science (and sometimes lack therof) which informs the conventional thinking today. It certainly got me thinking about the "myth" that nature is ...more
May 01, 2009 Daphne marked it as to-read
Alston Chase is coming to be a Libra Speaker at UMM either in March or April, 2009. I am going to read his book before he comes so I have more to talk to him about, once he gets here. Yay! Jon Reisman has lent me the book.
Feb 06, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it
This is a good read and a great education all in one. I read this book in college and met the author...that was a treat. I plan to read this one again soon.
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Apr 24, 2010 Charles Bell rated it it was amazing
Excellent review of the history of the radical green movement. One of the most informative books on the subject I have ever read.
Nov 16, 2013 Evan rated it really liked it
Vary well documented. Shows how "science" can be twisted to fit an agenda.
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