September 26, 2015
“When Money Grew on Trees: How Industrial Capitalism Transformed the Ecology of Western Forests,” 9:45 - 11:30 AM at Sandpoint Community Hall. Dr. Greg Gordon, author and assistant professor of Environmental Studies at Gonzaga University, will discuss his newest book, a biography of one of the Pacific Northwest’s most infamous lumbermen. When Money Grew on Trees explores how the shift from frontier to industrial capitalism transformed the forest ecology of the Pacific Northwest and how the struggle over natural resources gave rise to the two most pervasive forces in American life: the federal government and the modern corporation. This event begins at 9:45 AM at Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 First Avenue, and is open to the public, free of charge.
Greg Gordon was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He moved to Missoula, Montana in 1989 to attend graduate school. After receiving his MS in Environmental Studies, he continued to live in Montana while teaching field studies programs. He received his PhD in History from the University of Montana in 2010, with his dissertation on A. B. Hammond. His book, When Money Grew on Trees: A. B. Hammond and the Age of the Timber Baron, was published in 2014. He now lives in Spokane and is an assistant professor of Environmental Studies at Gonzaga University. His previous book, Landscape of Desire, explores the natural history of Utah’s Canyon Country.