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The Northwest Forest Plan

A History

K. Norman Johnson, Jerry F. Franklin, and Gordon H. Reeves

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Tree sitters. Logger protests. Dead owls and threatened biologists. Dying timber towns. The Timber Wars consumed the Pacific Northwest in the 1980s and 1990s, a flashpoint for a web of environmental, economic, cultural, and political issues. The Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP), officially adopted in 1994, was central to these controversies: it arose out of the environmental mandates of the EPA and imposed rules about forest harvest and species protection. Widely considered one of the most important federal forest policies and a landmark in ecosystem management, the NWFP was intended to protect the region's remaining old growth forests and sensitive wildlife species, which came to include broader habitat protection goals. Based on a series of studies and hearings that started in 1993, the Northwest Forest Plan was the result of research by a multi-disciplinary team known as the Forest Ecosystem Management Assessment Team, and spearheaded by the so-called Gang of Four: K. Norman Johnson, Jerry F. Franklin, Jack Ward Thomas, and John Gordon. The Northwest Forest Plan: A History, written by two of the "Gang," provides an in-depth history of the Northwest Forest Plan, in which the authors describe its causes, development, adoption, and implementation. (Publisher's Description)

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