Shades of Green – An Environmental and Cultural History of Sitka Spruce



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Shades of Green – An Environmental and Cultural History of Sitka Spruce Author: Format: Paperback First Published: Published By: Windgather Press ISBN: 8010000023741 Category: Tag:

This book takes a fresh look at the most disliked tree in Britain and Ireland, explaining the reasons it was introduced and why it became ubiquitous in the archipelagos of north-west Europe.

Sitka spruce has contributed to the Pacific Coast landscapes of North America for over ten millennia. For the Tlingit First Nationit is the most important tree in terms of spiritual relationships, art, and products in daily use such as canoes, containers, fish-traps and sweet cakes. Since the late nineteenth century it has also been the most important tree to the timber industry of west coast North America.
The historical background to the modern use of Sitka spruce is explored. The lack of cultural reference may explain negative public response when tree-less uplands in the UK and reland were afforested with introduced conifer species, particularly Sitka spruce, following two World Wars. The multi-purpose forestry of today recognises that Sitka spruce is the most important tree to the timber industry and to a public which uses its many products but fails to recognise the link between growing trees and bought goods.

The apparently featureless and wildlife-less Sitka spruce plantations in UK uplands are gradually developing recognisable ecological features. Sitka spruce has the potential to form temperate rainforests this century as well as to produce much-needed goods for society. The major contribution of Sitka spruce to landscapes and livelihoods in western North America is, by contrast, widely accepted. But conserving natural, old-growth forests, sustaining the needs of First Nations, and producing materials for the modern timber industry will be an intricate task.

ISBN: 9781909686779

Weight1 kg



The book is well written in clear, scientific but accessible language useful for all studying the tree or those looking for conceptual approaches in looking at larger ecological and cultural patterns. The book's strong point definitely lies in its approach, the fact that it covers and blends many topics-Tittensor can relate Sitka spruce to just about anything! * Economic Botany * I certainly recommend this book as suitable for the 'amateur naturalist' audience, wishing to come to grips with the Sitka spruce debate in Britain, as well as to forestry, ecology and geography students. There is also a potential audience among 'ecotourists' setting out for the Pacific Northwest. * Quarterly Journal of Forestry * ...not only scholarly but wonderfully accessible, totally engaging, and a joy to read... "Boring old Sitka" is shown to be anything but boring. * Scottish Forestry * This impressive book, by an ecologist and environmental historian, covers a vast range. It is clearly the product of considerable research and is a treasure trove of facts about Sitka spruce. * Chartered Forester * Ruth Tittensor... has done a remarkable job in refuting much of the ill-informed and misguided comment about this species which one commonly encounters.This is a timely publication and one that should be read by anyone interested in the countryside, be they conservationists, foresters, landowners and planners. * Irish Forestry *