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'American Canopy' ties the course of U.S. history to its trees

'American Canopy' ties the course of U.S. history to its trees | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

"How easy it is to forget that much of American history has been defined by trees," writes [Eric] Rutkow, a history graduate student at Yale who has worked as an environmental lawyer. "No other country was populated because of its trees quite like the United States. Nowhere else has the culture been so intimately associated with wood … America has some of the most spectacular tree resources on the planet."

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Interesting Legal Retrospective: When Money Grew on Trees

Interesting Legal Retrospective: When Money Grew on Trees | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

By the mid-1950s, pulp and paper manufacturers purchased 75 percent of their timber requirements from local landowners. Industrial leaders grew increasingly aggravated, however, by the low productivity of forests controlled by small landowners, ...leading companies across the South to pursue more direct control over timber and timberlands. But corporate leaders feared that sudden acquisitions of large tracts of land, in addition to driving up purchase prices, would anger the same local farmers whom they relied upon for a majority of their timber resources. These concerns were solved by entrusting middlemen to locate and secure more remote and dispersed sources of timber... without alarming local residents, keeping land acquisitions quiet and not alerting owners to how undervalued their holdings were.

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