Back in 1923, when the Allegheny National Forest was established, the trees were so sparse locals called it the Allegheny Brush Patch. Thanks to scientific management, the forest today is lush and mature. But the question of continued forest management is controversial. A new book documents the struggle in the Allegheny; Carla Lewis has a personal perspective.
BookMark: Agony of an American Wilderness: Loggers, Environmentalists, and the Struggle for Control of a Forgotten Forest, by Samuel MacDonald, published by Rowman and Littlefield, 2005.
By OUR REVIEWER, CARLA LEWIS, IS A RETIRED ENGLISH TEACHER, COLUMNIST, AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER WHO LIVES IN SHEFFIELD, PA. • December 31, 1969