Humboldt Journal of Social Relations

Number 40 (May 2018)

Disputes between the timber industry, public forest land managers, federal and state regulatory agencies, and environmental groups from the 1980s through the early 2000s resulted in polarization and distrust across forest communities of the American West. These ‘Timber Wars’ centered on the conservation of old-growth forests and biodiversity, and the declining socio-economic status of many timber-dependent communities. The disputes were complex, with arguments over values, identity, and environmental governance. They involved legal, cultural, discursive, and at times violent battles between adversaries. For this issue of the Humboldt Journal of Social Relations (HJSR), we explore the dynamics of the post-Timber War American West and how communities and stakeholders have forged ways to diversify their economies and have, often collaboratively, worked to find compromise and face newly-emerging challenges of forest land management.

Front Matter

Vantage Points


Stewardship Contracting in the Siuslaw National Forest
Shiloh Sundstrom and Johnny Sundstrom



Social-Ecological Change, Resilience, and Adaptive Capacity in the McKenzie River Valley, Oregon
Timothy B. Inman, Hannah Gosnell, Denise H. Lach, and Kailey Kornhauser


From Conflict to Collaboration: Exploring Influences on Community Well-Being
Leana M. Weissberg, Jonathan P. Kusel, and Kyle A. Rodgers


Making and Breaking Trust in Forest Collaborative Groups
Emily Jane Davis, Lee K. Cerveny, Donald R. Ulrich, and Meagan L. Nuss


Erin Kelly
Department of Forestry

Yvonne Everett
Department of Environmental Science

Co-Managing Editor

Jessica Smith
Marisa Farmosa