Oreo Book Club – The Big Burn by Tim Eagen

The Oreo Book Club met at the home of Sally Lee Howd to discuss the book, The Big Burn by Tim Eagen. We reviewed the rapacious behavior of big business toward public owned lands which, with the cooperation of corrupt senators and legislators, stole resources to enrich themselves. Under the tenure of Teddy Roosevelt this behavior was mitigated and the Forest Service was made stronger and more responsible. Clear cutting, controlled burns or leaving the forests alone, were reviewed as possible alternative policies.

The next meeting will be at the home of Rich Schwartz on February 20 to discuss the book Red Dust by Mai Jian. Janet McKaig recommended the book and will lead with provocative questions and insightful comments.

— Norton Schwartz

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