One Hundred Rings and Counting: Forestry Education and Forestry in Toronto and Canada, 1907-2007
Published: November 2009© 2009
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 352 Pages
Dimensions: 6.30 x 9.31
352 Pages, 6.30 x 9.31 x 1.03 in
Examining Canada's first Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto from its founding in 1907 to it hundredth year anniversary, One Hundred Rings and Counting is a detailed account one of the country's most successful and influential institutions. While its start was marked by opposition from both the university's uncertainty of the field's importance and from the provincial government's concern about how such an institution would affect the government's control over forests, the faculty has produced a disproportionate number of leaders in world of forestry and beyond.
Demonstrating the Faculty of Forestry's longstanding commitment to conservation and environmental stewardship, Mark Kuhlberg depicts its struggles with governments and the public to implement sustainable natural resource practices. Using unexamined archival materials, while contextualising the Faculty within the major educational, social, and political changes of the last hundred years, One Hundred Rings and Counting is a solid institutional history that also traces the development of conservationism in Canada.
'One Hundred Rings and Counting is a sterling study of professional forestry education in North America and of educational politics in general (every dean, regardless of school, should read this book). Kuhlberg's tour de force keeps a keen historical eye on the internal life of the Forestry Faculty while at the same time outlining the external forces affecting the program, including national and provincial politics, the relationship between funding and curriculum, and the indelible links between global events such as wars and depression and the human experience in this relatively small corner of the university.' Char Miller, Environmental Analysis Program, Pomona University
'One Hundred Rings and Counting, a remarkable account of forestry education set within a large university, is a page-turner that begs reading twice—once for the story and again to savour the detail and nuances. Changing public perceptions of the forest have variously contained elements of ignorance, apathy, and advocacy, and Kuhlberg's exceptional book provides a historical perspective that I hope will encourage and guide further debate about forests, forestry, and forestry education.' Peter Murphy, Professor Emeritus, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta