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“Jobs Vs. The Environment in Appalachia”

2009

Sparki on The Understory blog

Back in the 1980’s and 1990’s forest wars of the Northwest, the false dichotomy that emerged out of that conflict was “jobs vs. the environment.” Loggers, mislead by industry, contended that they couldn’t make a living if environmentalists and government regulators restricted their ability to log old growth forest.

This of course was not true and many alternative sustainable logging practices existed, as well as other ways of making a living. The conflict became extremely fierce and thousands were arrested doing civil disobedience trying to protect the forests in northern California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington and other places, while violence erupted between loggers and enviros in these places as well (the most known example being in 1990’s Redwood Summer when a bomb was planted in Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney’s car.)

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