Definition of the word propaganda: 1)
a congregation of the Roman curia having jurisdiction over missionary territories and related institutions; 2) the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an
institution; 3) ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one's cause or to damage an opposing cause.
institutions, particularly political ones, spread propaganda in order to protect and further their interests. Other instituions and individuals with different interests are likely to spread
counter-propaganda in response. Propaganda usually goes back and forth; it's usually a two-way street.
However, in some countries during certain periods of history, propaganda has
been exclusively a one-way street. Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia come to mind in this regard. The contemporary United States also comes to mind regarding the vast amount of corporate propaganda that pervades all aspects of the news and entertainment media.
Even in democratic societies, certain governmental institutions have managed to
monopolize the flow of propaganda. One group of such institutions is the state and federal forestry agencies, and the forest industries they represent. Propaganda tends to flow from the higher
levels of these institutions out to the public through press releases, brochures, educational workshops, public speeches, policy statements, and university programs.
Opposition to the propaganda monopolies of these forestry agencies occasionally comes from various environmental groups. There is very little opposition to agency propaganda from forestry
professionals or landowners--with the exception of a few so-called ecoforesters.
Many of the pages on this web site could be considered counter-propaganda, particularly those in the Papers/Politics
section. The two pages below this one are specific instances forestry propaganda that have appeared over the past year, and the arguments against them. The Chip Mills
page comes from Virginia. The Vision Thing page comes from Massachusetts.
Other counter-propaganda forestry pages on the Web include Joe Zorzin's Woodchuck Party Line
page and his critique of the Foster & Foster
Thinking in Forest Time white paper. Joe's Politics Of Forestry in Massachusetts
page has links to other pages, including some on this web site. Joe also has a critique of the Massachusetts Vision Report.
With public debates heating up over the uses of public and private
forests all around the world, the amount of propaganda issuing forth from state forestry agencies and forest industries is increasing. You may want to check this page periodically for new instances of
forestry propaganda and the counter-arguments from an eco-forestry point of view.