Part historical overview and part scientific explanation of aquatic ecosystems, this book by hydrologist/forester Gordon Stuart focuses on how “Multiple Use Management” was practiced on the White Mountain National Forest during the 1970s. Presenting important information that sometimes conflicts with popular views, the author explains how water quality issues such as nitrate release at Hubbard Brook and ski area expansion were resolved during this same time period — showing that managed forests are compatible with watershed protection.
The story about forests and water begins with concerns about floods and dry springs during the 1800s. George Perkins Marsh provided early insights that were confirmed by watershed studies over the next one hundred years. Water quality became a priority when Congress required that states adopt practices to prevent pollution. Maine’s Senator Edmund Muskie played a key role in this legislation.
A national perspective is provided through Stuart’s work in USDA’s watershed programs for agriculture, the National Association of State Foresters pollution prevention programs, and in special projects such as the Lake Tahoe erosion control program. It wasn’t until the author moved to Maine in 1998 that issues related to phosphorus were resolved. Numerous photos, charts and diagrams; ix + 175 pages, softcover.