This talk will briefly explore the shared history of people and forests around the world, paying special attention to the ways history can help us understand current environmental struggles over the future of our forests. People have always had profound connections to the world's forests, and forest history can help us understand these connections.
Nancy Langston is professor in the Department of Forest Ecology and Management and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. She is President of the American Society for Environmental History. Her first book, FOREST DREAMS, FOREST NIGHTMARES, explored the history of our perceptions of old growth forests, and was winner of the 1996 Forest History Society Prize. Her second book, WHERE LAND AND WATER MEET, examined the history of connections between land and water in the American inland West. She is now completing a book, TOXIC BODIES, an environmental history of endocrine disruptors, and beginning an environmental history of the northern forests.