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Knock on Wood

Nature as Commodity in Douglas-Fir Country, 1st Edition

By W. Scott Prudham


272 pages | 31 B/W Illus.

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Scott Prudham investigates a region that has in recent years seen more environmental conflict than perhaps anywhere else in the country--the old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest. Prudham employs a political economic approach to explain the social and economic conflicts arising from the timber industry's presence in the region. As well, he provides a thorough accounting of the timber industry itself, tracing its motivations, practices, and labor relations.


"This book arrived on my desk two days after the U.S. Senate voted down, yet again, legislation that would have begun the process of finally dealing with climate change, albeit in a tiny, timid way. I wish that every member of that chamber could be forced to read this book--to realize that global warming is not some distant threat, but a very present reality. It is a powerful document of witness." -- Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

About the Author

Scott Prudham is an assistant professor in the geography department at the University of Toronto.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / United States / General
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General