Upcoming webinars from the Forest History Society

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October 31, 2022 to December 2, 2022
North Carolina, United States
Subject Fields: 
Environmental History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, American History / Studies, Humanities, Canadian History / Studies

The Forest History Society has three free webinars in the coming weeks that will be of great interest to environmental historians. 

Lyndsie Bourgon: "'Robin Hood was just taking care of his own': Timber Poaching from California to British Columbia"
Oct. 31, 2022 at 2-3 pm EDT 
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Timber theft has been dubbed “a problem in every national forest” because there is a strong market for poached old-growth timber and redwood burls, which enter our homes in the form of firewood, furniture, and building materials. But while poaching contributes to a lucrative trade, it’s also an ancient crime that’s deeply rooted in the identity of those that live and work in forests. Many contemporary poachers see their actions as following in a long line of protest, and also as a response to conservation plans that contributed to rural poverty. In her new book Tree Thieves: Crime and Survival in North America's Woods, Lyndsie Bourgon explores the social and economic drivers behind timber poaching in the Pacific Northwest. As part of her talk about timber theft, Lyndsie will discuss how she utilized oral history practices to investigate a nationwide logger protest in 1978. 

Lyndsie Bourgon is an author, oral historian, and 2018 National Geographic Explorer. Her first book, Tree Thieves: Crime and Survival in North America's Woods, was published this summer and was named a New York Times Editors' Choice.


Curt Meine: "Conservation and Community: Beyond the Public-Private Binary in the History of Land Conservation"
Nov. 15, 2022 at 2-3 pm ET 
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Join us for the 2022 Lynn W. Day Lectureship in Forest and Conservation History. This year's presenter is conservation biologist, environmental historian, and writer Curt Meine. This talk has been approved for 1.0 hours of CFE credit from the Society of American Foresters.

For more than a century, conservationists have pursued their goals through various mechanisms that recognized shared interests in the land and ecological relationships that worked across legal and jurisdictional boundaries. While they have fitfully come to understand that a wider variety of people, uses, and perspectives must be considered, progress has been constrained by a mindset that reinforces a simple division of interests: private and public. Moving from this simple binary framing to a more flexible and nuanced view may allow conservationists to embrace a wider array of community-based approaches to conserving the public interest in private land. It may also allow historians to find new insights in the evolution of conservation science, policy, and ideas. Conservation biologist and environmental historian Curt Meine will discuss this reframing and the many new opportunities it presents.

Curt Meine serves as Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation and the Center for Humans and Nature. He has authored and edited several books, including the biography Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work (1988/2010) and The Driftless Reader (2017).


Finding Their Roots: Exploring the Childhood Landscapes of Our Conservation Giants with Jeffrey Ryan
Dec. 1, 2022 at 1-2 pm ET 
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What led people like Aldo Leopold, Benton MacKaye, Ernest Oberholtzer, and Howard Zahniser to become advocates for our parks, forests, and wilderness areas? While researching his latest book, This Land Was Saved for You and Me: How Gifford Pinchot, Frederick Law Olmsted, and a Band of Foresters Rescued America's Public Lands, author Jeffrey Ryan visited the birthplaces and other critical landscapes of these and other early conservationists to better understand how “nature” shaped their lives and careers. Ryan will share images from his travels as well as quotes from the subjects themselves about how their early connections with nature helped set them on the path to becoming fervent defenders of our parks, forests, and wilderness areas. 

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James Lewis