Humboldt Journal of Social Relations
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Issue 40 - The American West after the Timber Wars
Disputes between the timber industry and environmental groups in the late 20th- and early 21st-century resulted in polarization and distrust across forest communities of the American West. These “timber wars” centered on the conservation of old-growth forests and biodiversity, and the declining socioeconomic status of many timber-dependent communities. A simple narrative declared the war as one of owls versus jobs, though the disputes were in fact much more complex, with questions centered on identity, attachment to place, and environmental governance, among others. For this issue of HJSR, we are interested in exploring the dynamics of the post-timber war American West and how communities and stakeholders (including residents, land managers, landowners and timber industry) have forged ways to diversify their economies and have, often collaboratively, worked to find compromise and face newly emerging challenges on forest land management.