The Greatest Good

Published in commemoration of the 2005 USDA Forest Service Centennial, the new, hardcover edition of The Greatest Good features new photos, a fresh introduction by Forest Service Chief Dale N. Bosworth, revised and updated chapter information, and appendices offering new information on Forest Service programs.

With more than 300 spectacular photographs and insightful commentary, The Greatest Good takes readers on a journey from the forestry profession from its humble beginnings to the scientifically and technologically advanced profession it has become today.

Chapter one reveals how crucial wood was to the livelihood of nineteenth-century Americans, and chronicles the advent of the belief that forestry was the key to producing timber without destroying the forests.
Chapter Two explores the growth of the profession, including the creation of the Forest Service, and identifies the controversies that often erupted over new practices and controls.
Chapter three highlights the intensified demand for wood for housing after World War II and the subsequent emergence of environmental consciousness that brought new challenges to the profession.
Chapter Four examines the birth of sustainable forestry and documents how the scientific and technological advances of the past 25 years have enabled foresters to extend the nation’s wood supply and restore the land.

Through photograph and word, The Greatest Good illustrates the many contributions that foresters and forestry have made to our society.
Greatest Good
Greatest Good
100 Years of Forestry in America, 2nd Edition

Char Miller and Rebecca Staebler

136 pages, hardcover. September 2004.