American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation

Vol. 27 No. 1

Reviewed by

Eric Rutkow, American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation, Scribner, 2012.

Man has too long forgotten that the earth was given to him for usufruct alone, not for consumption, still less for profligate waste.

—George Perkins Marsh, Man and Nature, 1864

In his introduction, Eric Rutkow observes, “[h]ow easy it is to forget that much of American history has been defined by trees.” He continues:

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