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The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant
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Feb 14, 2012

it was amazing

First of all, I am a forester. I know the companies and I am friends with employees of the companies Mr. Vaillant describes. I am in the woods with a chainsaw several times a week. The work I do is hazardous, but not in a league with the loggers of the Northwest. By my assessment, Mr. Vaillant does an excellent job of describing foresters, loggers, and the timber industry.

Mr. Vaillant describes a widely recognized tragedy in the felling of the Golden Spruce. I witnessed a similar tragedy in the felling of Alabama’s last significant old growth longleaf stand called the “Flomaton Tract” in Lower Alabama. The newspapers told of the Golden Spruce, but they wouldn’t touch the Flomaton Tract. I understand the loss the Haida felt. I suffered a less severe wound, but one that still aches to this day. This is the first book I’ve read my Mr. Vaillant. It won’t be the last.
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