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Breaking new ground? Gifford Pinchot and the birth of 'Empire forestry' in the Philippines, 1900-1905

Bankoff, Greg

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Abstract

Professional forest management in the Philippines is largely attributed to the ideas and endeavours of American foresters such as Gifford Pinchot, George Ahern and Henry Graves who were instrumental in establishing the Insular Bureau of Forestry in 1900 and in passing the forestry laws of 1904 and 1905. These men, however, did not so much transfer American forest management directly to the archipelago let alone blindly implement empire forestry policies developed in other colonial settings such as British India. Instead, they pragmatically improvised new methods of forest management that were a blend of European, American and local expertise, 'hybrid practices' more suited to an administratively and scientifically unstable tropical setting.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 1, 2009
Print ISSN 0967-3407
Electronic ISSN 1752-7023
Publisher White Horse Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 3
Pages 369-393
APA6 Citation Bankoff, G. (2009). Breaking new ground? Gifford Pinchot and the birth of 'Empire forestry' in the Philippines, 1900-1905. Environment and History, 15(3), (369-393). doi:10.3197/096734009X12474738236078. ISSN 0967-3407
DOI https://doi.org/10.3197/096734009X12474738236078
Keywords Gifford Pinchot; Philippines; Forestry; Utilitarian conservation
Publisher URL http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/whp/eh/2009/00000015/00000003/art00007