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Table of contents from Touch Wood

Forest Ownership and the Case for Diversification
by Ken Drushka
An argument for some private ownership. Drushka is a sixteen-year veteran of the forest industry, a writer specializing in forestry issues, author of Working in the Woods: A History of Logging on the West Coast and co-author with lan Mahood of Three Men and a Forester.

Democratic Public Participation: Changing the Way We Make Forest Decisions
by Bob Nixon
It's time to stop arguing and find new, fair, consensual approaches to forestry issues, with all of the interested parties fully involved. Nixon is a professional forester, and founder and editor of Forest Planning Canada, a monthly in-depth journal on forestry issues.

Corporate Ownership of Forest Lands
by M. Patricia Marchak
How a global forest industry has been established and how it has affected world forests and markets, especially the BC softwood industry. Marchak has served as Dean of Arts at the University of British Columbia and is the author of books, monographs and articles on forestry issues.

Seeking Solid Ground in the Environmental Assessment Quagmire
by Julian Dunster
How environmental assessment principles have been developed and applied to timber management-lessons to be learned and new objectives to set. Dunster is a professional forester and planner, and an international consultant on forestry and environmental issues.

Directions in Small-Scale Forestry
by Peter Sanders
Status of and trends in small-scale forestry in BC, and a discussion of how the provincial goverrunent could become involved. Sanders is resident silviculturalist at the University of British Columbia and manager of UBC's 12,000-acre Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge, BC.

Creating a Competitive Economic Landscape in the Forest
by Bill Wagner
A close look at corporate structure and the economics of logging; how to start growing and harvesting, rather than cutting what's there. Wagner is a geography professor at the University of Victoria and a forestry consultant who has worked extensively with native British Columbians.

Forest Practices: Moving Towards a Wholistic Forest
by Herb Hammond>/U>
A critique of the European/ Canadian model of timber management and a hard look at ecological principles that must guide future policies. Hammond is a forester, silviculturist, citizen activist and author of Seeing the Forest Among the Trees: The Case for Wholistic Forest Use.

Aboriginal Forestry: The Role of the First Nations
by Holly Nathan
An overview of First Nations viewpoints: tradition, heritage, unions, land claims. Nathan grew up in Port. Alberni, attended Smith School with Ahousat students and has served as Native Affairs reporter at the Victoria Times Colonist for five years.

Forest Policy: Rhetoric and Reality
by Ray Travers
A critique of short-sighted policies, suggestions on the role of government, our competitive market position. Travers, born and raised in BC, is a Registered Professional Forester who now runs a forestry consulting firm, specializing in resource planning and forest policy analysis.