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The Cartels and the Forests

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On January 23, 2020
We think of the Mexican cartels as being about drugs, and of course they are, but like any organized crime gang, they are going to get their hooks into anything they can. That includes illegal timber. Meanwhile, the monarch butterfly spends its winter in Mexico, in valuable forests that the cartels want. There are some […]

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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Capitalism, Socialism, Forestry

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On October 22, 2017
It’s not often that essays are published that combine socialism with forest policy, so I may be legally obligated to comment on this Jacobin essay by a British Columbia firefighter on capitalism and the destructive forest fires of the West, as well of course as the socialist prescription that will fix the problem. However, this […]

Fire

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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

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Oxford University Press has released what it is calling the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. It’s written by top scholars and is something that is primarily (or maybe exclusively) online and will be updated with new entries. It’s also free, at least for the time being. I wrote the essay on “Forests and Logging […]

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

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