Strangers in the Forest, originally published in 1959, was included in the popular Reader's Digest Condensed Books series. Set in the white pine timberland of the Idaho panhandle in 1908, the story explores the early efforts of the new U.S. Forest Service to instill a sense of conservation - a new concept in Idaho's seemingly inexhaustible forests ...Read MoreStrangers in the Forest, originally published in 1959, was included in the popular Reader's Digest Condensed Books series. Set in the white pine timberland of the Idaho panhandle in 1908, the story explores the early efforts of the new U.S. Forest Service to instill a sense of conservation - a new concept in Idaho's seemingly inexhaustible forests. The Forest Service's Bundy Jones heads west to investigate people taking timber homesteads in the north Idaho woods, suspecting that their real intention is to sell out for profit to lumber companies. Jones befriends the homesteaders, but when his connection with the Forest Service is revealed, most of the homesteaders turn against him. The inferno of a north Idaho forest fire once again unites Jones and the timber settlers.Read Less
Very Good. 0874220963 314pp Foreword by Mary E. Reed Originally published in 1959 Great novel set in the Idaho panhandle Previous owner's name near top edge inside front cover, otherwise book is AS NEW.
Good. 1959 Hardcover First Edition. 314 p. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!
I read this book as a teenager, years ago, in the Readers' Digest Condensed Book series, and never forgot it. Years later, I was foraging for used books and remembered this one - looked for it and found it even better than the first time, as it was complete and unabridged. The setting is during the early years of conservation, depicting the battle between those early proponents of forestry such as Gifford Pinchot and the ever-encroaching limits of civilization - settlers trying to make a living from the forest lands (or to make a quick dollar from the sale of the lumber). I did not realize when I read the book as a child that the author was the same as the person who created "Caddie Woodlawn", also one of my favorite childhood books, but it's obvious now. Carol Ryrie Brink lived in these places and loved them. She incorporated her family memories into her stories. This made her characters come to life. The character of Meggie, growing up and becoming a strong woman through the process of trying to establish her home in the forest, is especially appealing.
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