Felt Necessities: Engines of Forest Policy

Evergreen Magazine

This series of essays traces the history of the conservation movement in the United States, and its influence on the nation’s ever-shifting forest policy. The series expands significantly on a half-day lecture Evergreen founder, Jim Petersen, delivered to a graduate-level forestry class at the University of Idaho in February 2017. The term “felt necessities” is taken from The Common Law, a book of essays assembled in 1881 by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., in which he explains the historic underpinnings of the nation’s legal system. President Theodore Roosevelt thought so much of Holmes’ essays that nominated him to the Supreme Court in 1902.

Click the headline for the first essay, plus links to the other three.