By Darren Frederick Speece,Paul S. Sutter

Giant redwoods are American icons, paragons of grandeur, exceptionalism, and patience. also they are symbols of clash and negotiation, remnants of environmental battles over the bounds of industrialization, profiteering, and globalization.

Since the center of the 19th century, logging operations have eaten away on the redwood wooded area, fairly parts coated by way of historical enormous redwoods. this day, such timber occupy an insignificant 120,000 acres. Their lifestyles is testimony to the efforts of activists to rescue a few of these giants from destruction. only a few conservation battles have persisted longer or with extra violence than at the North Coast of California, in the back of what locals name the Redwood Curtain.

Defending Giants explores the lengthy background of the Redwood Wars, targeting the methods rural americans fought for keep an eye on over either North Coast society and its forests. Activists defended those timber not just as the redwood wooded area had diminished in measurement, but additionally simply because, by way of the past due 20th century, the neighborhood financial system was once more and more ruled by means of multinational agencies. The ensuing conflict�the Redwood Wars�pitted employees and environmental activists opposed to the emerging tide of globalization and commercial logging in a fancy battle over endangered species, sustainable forestry, and, after all, the destiny of the final historical redwoods. Activists perched in timber and filed court cases, whereas the trees undefined, led through Pacific Lumber, fought the court cases and used their energy to halt reform efforts. eventually, the Clinton management sidestepped Congress and the courts to barter an cutting edge compromise. within the technique, the Redwood Wars remodeled American environmental politics through transferring the stability of energy clear of Congress and into the arms of the administrative Branch.

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