Network member interviewed about his new book, “Conquering the Highlands: A History of the Afforestation of the Scottish Uplands”.
Network member Jan Oosthoek is interviewed on the latest episode of the Exploring Environmental History podcast about his new book, “Conquering the Highlands: A History of the Afforestation of the Scottish Uplands”.
The podcast explores how, over the course of the twentieth century, foresters worked to establish timber reserves in the Scottish Highlands, creating forests on marginal lands that were not easily adapted to forestry following millennia of deforestation. Using a variety of techniques and strategies drawn from modern forestry practices, the Scottish uplands were afforested in the twentieth century, tripling the forest cover. The creation of new forests to serve strategic and economic interests, however, altered the ecology of the Scottish uplands and eventually came into conflict with the interests of environmentalists in the late twentieth century. In many ways this history turns the narratives of traditional environmental histories on its head as it is a story of afforestation and not of deforestation or even reforestation.
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