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How One of America’s Great Virgin Forests Was Cut Down

After being out of print for a few years and much in demand on used book Web sites, the University of Arkansas Press has returned to print Kenneth L. Smith’s classic history, “Sawmill”. As the book’s subtitle describes it, the book is nothing less than the “The Story of Cutting the Last Great Virgin Forest East of the Rockies.” “Sawmill” is a history of logging in the Arkansas and Oklahoma Ouachita Mountains from 1900 to 1950, a penetrating study of the lumber industry, and a significant view of man’s interaction with a major forest resource. It is also a social history in its account of the lumbermen’s quest for the last virgin timber and the effects of its depletion. Kenneth L. Smith interviewed more than three hundred people to develop this lively history of the cutting of virgin shortleaf pine forests.

News notes are courtesy of Southern Forests Network News Notes





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