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Living in the Appalachian Forest: True Tales of Sustainable Forestry

Living in the Appalachian Forest: True Tales of Sustainable Forestry, Stackpole Books, 2002. 

From a tattooed ex-con logger to the Republican president of the Sierra Club, from industrial strength timbering to the delicate art of virtually wild forest herb gardening, this book examines the people and the practices that are defining what “sustainable” means in our postindustrial woodlands.

Winner of two literary awards in 2003:

  • The Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment from the Southern Environmental Law Center
  • Virginia Outdoor Writers Association’s Excellence in Craft Contest

Available from Amazon.com

Living in the Appalachian Forest


“Chris Bolgiano has achieved a bit of literary alchemy by mixing the emerging science of sustainable forestry with personal stories… The result is pure gold — a book of deeply human insights into both the history and present realities of life.” 
— American Forests

“Read this fine new book twice: once for pleasure with your feet up, to savor Bolgiano’s character sketches, and again to record ideas to send elected officials.” 
— Roanoke Times

“Veteran environmental writer Chris Bolgiano… does an excellent job of pointing the way toward several innovative approaches to using Blue Ridge forests without destroying them.” 
— Blue Ridge Outdoors

“Bolgiano’s charismatic book… is a worthy contribution to the discussion of sustainable forestry.  Lessons in this book are applicable to professional foresters.” 
 Journal of Forestry

“Like the author, the individuals in the book are charting a new course toward harmony with the land… the tales are entertaining to read, but more importantly, they are enlightening. 
— Forest Leaves

“From all of (the) mess caused by our hunger for wood, Bolgiano’s book offers welcome nourishment, like a spring surrounded by deep woods … Bolgiano’s rich language and even tone… (convey) the challenges of healthy living in our mountains, and the urgency of sustaining a sense of the sacred in both ourselves and our woods.” — Appalachian Journal

“An engaging narrative … Bolgiano has written another fine book.   It’s good forestry, good history, and good writing.” 
— Appalachian Heritage

“Bolgiano writes about her home hills like a wood thrush sings.” 
— Ted Williams, Audubon Magazine columnist