• 336 pages
  • 6 x 9
  • 17 halftones, 1 maps
  • Price: $36.95
  • EAN: 9781566392730
  • Publication: Mar 1995
  • Price: $78.50
  • EAN: 9781566392723
  • Publication: Mar 1995

In Timber Country

Working People's Stories of Environmental Conflict and Urban Flight

Beverly A. Brown

Southwest Oregon embodies the fast-changing social and environmental trends of the Pacific Northwest: the volatile clash of logging and environmental interests over the fate of old growth forests, an influx of wealthy suburbanites from California, and the effects of national economic trends. Championing neither environmentalists nor timber companies, Beverly A. Brown analyzes the subsequent transformation of the region. Her candid interviews with mostly poor to lower-middle-income people from the Rogue Valley region bring these looming social, cultural, and economic changes into the realm of everyday life.

Working-class men and women describe a growing segregation of private forest lands and waterways—where people could once move freely, they are now boxed in by fences and No Trespassing signs; where once tranquility and open space was treasured, traffic and tract homes envelop the landscape. Talking openly, they lament the increased presence of drugs, problems with the welfare system, the dearth of non-logging employment opportunities, and family violence. But they also share a love of their rural hometowns and a genuine desire to balance preservation of the environment with the economic well-being of their communities.


"(A) sophisticated attempt to get a handle on the crisis in rural America. The oral histories she has gathered are a primer for anyone interested in learning a more complicated and interesting truth about the Northwest timber wars." —The Progressive

About the Author(s)

Beverly A. Brown is an independent scholar and activist.

In the Series

Conflicts in Urban and Regional Development

No longer active. Conflicts in Urban and Regional Development, edited by John R. Logan and Todd Swanstrom, includes books on urban policy and issues of city and regional planning, accounts of the political economy of individual cities, and books that compare policies across cities and countries.