Article ID: CBB000932637

Constructing a Technological Forest: Nature, Culture, and Tree-Planting in the Nebraska Sand Hills (2009)


U.S. foresters built the first federal tree nursery in the treeless Nebraska Sand Hills, in 1902, and began planting a forest in the surrounding grasslands. This forest was built to be a technology that would produce timber, ameliorate the climate, and attract settlers to the area. Over the course of a century foresters gained a unique ecological perspective by creating rather than harvesting a forest. As a technology and an ecosystem, designed by humans but shaped by ecological process, this forest defies the boundaries of natural and artificial.

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Authors & Contributors
Saikku, Mikko
Myllyntaus, Timo
Lape, Peter
Sears, Laurie
Peluso, Nancy
Lehtinen, Ari Aukusti
Environmental History
Hispanic American Historical Review
History and Technology
Istoriko-Biologicheskie Issledovaniia
Human Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Environment and History
Ohio University Press
White Horse Press
Oxford University Press
Michigan State University Press
The MIT Press
University of Washington
Forests and forestry
Natural resource management
Environmental sciences
Nature and its relationship to culture; human-nature relationships
Environmental history
Pinchot, Gifford
Muir, John
Singleton, Willard Ralph
Matthew, Patrick
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
18th century
20th century, late
16th century
United States
Islands of the Pacific
California (U.S.)
Michigan (U.S.)
United States. National Park Service

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