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Conquering the Highlands: A history of the afforestation of the Scottish uplands

Oosthoek, Jan

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Deforestation of Scotland began millennia ago and by the early 20th century woodland cover was down to about 6 per cent of the total land area. A century later woodland cover had tripled. Most of the newly established forestry plantations were created on elevated land with wet peaty soils and high wind exposure, not exactly the condition in which forests naturally thrive. Jan Oosthoek tells in this book the story of how 20th century foresters devised ways to successfully reforest the poor...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorOosthoek, Jan
dc.date.accessioned2021-03-26T01:36:20Z
dc.date.available2021-03-26T01:36:20Z
dc.identifier.isbn9781922144799
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/227858
dc.description.abstractDeforestation of Scotland began millennia ago and by the early 20th century woodland cover was down to about 6 per cent of the total land area. A century later woodland cover had tripled. Most of the newly established forestry plantations were created on elevated land with wet peaty soils and high wind exposure, not exactly the condition in which forests naturally thrive. Jan Oosthoek tells in this book 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.
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherANU Press
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.titleConquering the Highlands: A history of the afforestation of the Scottish uplands
dc.typeBook
dc.date.issued2013-02
local.publisher.urlhttps://press.anu.edu.au/
local.type.statusMetadata only
local.identifier.doi10.22459/CH.02.2013
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access via publisher website
CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)

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