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Environmental Outlook: “American Canopy” by Eric Rutkow

A logging road traverses this section of clearcut in the Mt. Hood National Forest, 40 miles east of Portland, Ore., March 31, 1993. - (AP Photo/Steve Slocum)

A logging road traverses this section of clearcut in the Mt. Hood National Forest, 40 miles east of Portland, Ore., March 31, 1993.

(AP Photo/Steve Slocum)

When Europeans first came to the U.S. as settlers, there were roughly a billion acres of ancient forests. America’s trees have been under assault ever since. Westward expansion, industrialization, rapid population growth, the rise of the suburbs and various diseases have all exacted a toll. Today woodland acreage is down by about 25 percent – and much of it is populated with young trees. A new book tells the history of America through its trees. Like Dr. Seuss’s environmental classic “The Lorax,” it’s a sad story, but one that’s not without hope. In the next segment of our Environmental Outlook series – trees, forests and the making of a nation.

Guests

Eric Rutkow

attorney and historian.

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May 1, 2012 at 11:35 am

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