New book: “Conquering the Highlands. A history of the afforestation of the Scottish uplands”

 

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By Jan Oosthoek

Australian National University E Press
ISBN 9781922144782 (Print version)
ISBN 9781922144799 (Online)
Published: 13 February 2013

In February 2013 the ANU E Press published Conquering the Highlands. A history of the afforestation of the Scottish uplands, authored by network member Jan Oosthoek. This book tells the story of how 20th century foresters devised ways to successfully reforest the poor Scottish uplands, land that was regarded as unplantable, to fulfil the mandate they had received from the Government and wider society to create a timber reserve. He raises the question whether the adopted forestry practice was the only viable means to create forests in the Scottish Highlands by examining debates within the forestry community about the appearance of the forests and their longterm ecological prospects. Finally, the book argues that the long held ecological convictions among foresters and pressure from environmentalists came together in the late 20th century to create more environmentally sensitive forestry.

The book can be downloaded for free or ordered as a print-on-demand book from the ANU E Press website or from Amazon.

Visit the book companion website: http://scottish-forest-history.net/

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