Forestry is the way we conceive of, demarcate, measure, manage and manipulate landscapes with trees. Throughout its long history since being conceived of in 18th century central Europe, forestry has served the needs of rulers and elites more than the needs of people living in rural landscapes with trees.
In this seminar, Professor Lund examines the role of forestry over time, the challenges it has met with, and its remarkable resilience to changing demands from society. In doing this he draws on environmental history accounts, as well as more contemporary examinations of forestry from the perspective of political ecology. He provides examples from across the World to illustrate my arguments. He ends with posing that this tale of forestry exemplifies some of the fundamental global sustainability challenges of our time.