New Anthology Edited by Pitzer College Alumnus Examines Impact of Climate Change on Land Management

Book Cover - Forest Conservation in the AnthropoceneClaremont, Calif. (September 1, 2016)—Forest Conservation in the Anthropocene, a new anthology co-edited by Pitzer College alumnus Char Miller ’75, explores the environmental crises triggered by climate change and examines how land managers plan to address the shifting ecological landscape in North American forests.

The anthology probes the central dilemmas that ecologists, forest land managers, state and federal agencies, and grassroots organizations are confronting and provides case studies that underscore the need for innovative policies and immediate action.

Miller says that, in the past, the Bureau of Land Management, National Forest Service and National Park Service developed management plans through a top-down decision-making process, but over the last decade their approach has become far more collaborative.

“How these more cooperative initiatives have come about, and what their significance appears to be, is the subject of Forest Conservation in the Anthropocene, Miller says. “It draws on the work of scientists, social scientists and other researchers who have been ground-truthing new strategies for managing fire, protecting watersheds, preserving endangered species and habitats, and doing so in the face of radical shifts in the climate—meteorological and political.”

Char Miller, who majored in history and political studies at Pitzer College, is the W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College and the director of the environmental analysis program at The Claremont Colleges. He is the author, co-author or co-editor of 29 books, including the forthcoming Not So Golden State: Sustainability vs. the California Dream. His book America’s Great National Forests, Wildernesses, and Grasslands, with a forward by Bill McKibben and photos by Tim Palmer, was released earlier this year.  Miller also contributes essays, commentary and reviews to journals, newspapers and online media and serves on the Pitzer College Alumni Board.

Forest Conservation in the Anthropocene is published by University Press of Colorado and Utah State University Press and co-edited by V. Alaric Sample and R. Patrick Bixler.

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