Authors Publish Book on Russian Forestry

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University Professors David M. Baumgartner and Richard L. Everett have teamed with two Russians authors to write “A History of Russian Forestry and Its Leaders.”
The aim of the book is to acquaint U.S. foresters and others with the leading Russian foresters and their work. The book presents a historical perspective and details previously unavailable outside of Russia. Chapters are devoted to the history of forest use, management policy and legislation, as well as the interesting lives and contributions of many past Russian forestry scientists, educators and leaders.
“The forests and forestry of Russia have, for too long, been poorly understood and undervalued in the western world,” says Baumgartner, a WSU extension forester.
Everett is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Resource Science at WSU.
Baumgartner, who has made several professional trips to Russia, notes that Russian authors have long been frustrated by limited opportunities to publish in the West, and western foresters have had an unfilled curiosity about Russia.
The book was finally published when the Federal Forest Service of Russia, the U.S. Forest Service and WSU began collaborating on several projects. Baumgartner, Everett and Russian authors V.K. Teplyakov and Ye. P. Kuzmichev became professional colleagues and decided to write the book.
For information contact Forestry Publications, WSU Department of Natural Resource Sciences, Pullman, WA 99164-6410, or call 509/335-2963.