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In 2016, I published Empire of Timber, a book demonstrating how timber workers used their unions throughout the 20th century to push their own shifting environmental agendas, pushing back very strongly on the false dichotomy that environmentalists and workers are inherently divided. As is common in scholarship, since everyone builds on the same literature, there […]
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Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing’s 2015 book, The Mushroom at the End of the World, is simply one of the best academic works I have read in years. Tsing examines the matsutake mushroom–a prized food to give as gifts in Japanese culture–as an entrypoint into a ruined, extremely late capitalist world where older ideas of progress cannot […]

Publications

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On February 1, 2018

I know that my logging book is not designed to be a best-seller, although I did write it as a readable history. The price doesn’t help. It won’t literally cost you an arm and a leg now tha

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On September 8, 2017
The reason I am based out of Oregon for the first half of my sabbatical is to work on a new book project on recent Northwest history. But the other reason is that I want to be in Oregon, my home state. I manage to spend a few weeks here a year, but haven’t spent […]
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Given the vast domain of the national forests in many parts of the country and the limited resources to police them, it’s hardly surprising that the national forests have become a refuge for the homeless. This of course results from a whole array of public policy failures that lead to homelessness. It also causes a […]

Forest History

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On August 19, 2016

I know that nothing is as sexy in the entire world as forest history. But there has been interest in my book Empire of Timber, now available for the moment at the low, low price of $45. Which is actua

Tree Spiking

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On June 16, 2016

Unfortunately, Earth First groups are going back to their old tactic of tree spiking, which is the strategy of fighting for the earth by driving metal spikes into trees so that they will break machine

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