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Planting Nature : Trees and the Manipulation of Environmental Stewardship in America / Shaul E. Cohen.

Author/Creator:
Cohen, Shaul E., author., Author,
Publication:
Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, [2004]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (223 pages)
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Afforestation -- Environmental aspects -- United States.
Afforestation -- Government policy -- United States.
Afforestation -- United States.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Trees hold a powerful place in American constructions of what is good in nature and the environment. As we attempt to cope with environmental crises, trees are increasingly enlisted with great fervor as agents of our stewardship over nature. In this innovative and impassioned book, Shaul E. Cohen exposes the way that environmental stewardship is undermined through the manipulation of trees and the people who plant them by a partnership of big business, the government, and tree-planting groups. He reveals how positive associations and symbols that have been invested in trees are exploited by an interlocking network of government agencies, private timber companies, and nongovernmental organizations to subvert the power of people who think that they are building a better world. Planting Nature details the history of tree planting in the United States and the rise of popular sentiment around trees, including the development of the Arbor Day holiday and tree-planting groups such as the National Arbor Day Foundation and American Forests. Drawing from internal papers, government publications, advertisements, and archival documents, Cohen illustrates how organizations promote tree planting as a way of shifting attention away from the causes of environmental problems to their symptoms, masking business-as-usual agendas. Ultimately, Planting Nature challenges the relationships between a "green" public, the organizations that promote their causes, and the "powers that be," providing a cautionary tale of cooperation and deception that cuts across the political spectrum.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
ONE. Taking Control of Nature
TWO. Planting Patriotism, Cultivating Institutions
THREE. The National Arbor Day Foundation
FOUR. American Forests
FIVE. Uncle Sam Plants for You
SIX. The Greatest Good
SEVEN. Celebritrees
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780520929913
OCLC:
55531647
Publisher Number:
10.1525/9780520929913 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.