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Strong Winds and Widow Makers Virtual Event: Steven Beda in Conversation with Bill Robbins

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University of Illinois Press
wifi event
Nov 29, 2022   4:00 pm  
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University of Illinois Press Events Calendar

Join Steven Beda and Bill Robbins for a virtual event celebrating the release of "Strong Winds and Widow Makers: Workers, Nature, and Environmental Conflict in Pacific Northwest Timber Country" on November 29 at 4pm CT.

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About the Book:
Often cast as villains in the Northwest's environmental battles, timber workers in fact have a connection to the forest that goes far beyond jobs and economic issues. Steven C. Beda explores the complex true story of how and why timber-working communities have concerned themselves with the health and future of the woods surrounding them. Life experiences like hunting, fishing, foraging, and hiking imbued timber country with meanings and values that nurtured a deep sense of place in workers, their families, and their communities. This sense of place in turn shaped ideas about protection that sometimes clashed with the views of environmentalists--or the desires of employers. Beda's sympathetic, in-depth look at the human beings whose lives are embedded in the woods helps us understand that timber communities fought not just to protect their livelihood, but because they saw the forest as a vital part of themselves.

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