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The Moon in the Nautilus ShellDiscordant Harmonies Reconsidered$
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Daniel Botkin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199913916

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199913916.001.0001

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Fire in the Forest

Fire in the Forest

Managing Living Resources

(p.210) (p.211) 10 Fire in the Forest
The Moon in the Nautilus Shell

Daniel B. Botkin


This chapter proposes a new view of nature that emphasizes conservation and utilization through harvesting. It first considers the two ways in which people interact with nature—emotionally and rationally—and argues that the use of the rational and emotional is key to successful action. It then presents an example of a transformation in attitude that must occur so that we can conserve, save from extinction, and make the best use of natural resources: the acceptance of controlled burning and of the necessity for disturbance in sequoia forests. It also describes the fire that occurred in 1988 in Yellowstone National Park and analyzes the views of Wally Covington, professor of ecology at Arizona State University, Flagstaff, about forest management. The chapter concludes by discussing the politics underlying the clear-cutting of old-growth forests.

Keywords:   nature, conservation, utilization, harvesting, natural resources, controlled burning, sequoia forests, forest management, clear-cutting, old-growth forests

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