Notes from the Field- Part II


Silvicultural management staff move back and forth between the scientific imperatives of the foresters, and the non-scientist treeplanters – those who actually execute the treatments designed to change the structure of Crown stands. But as skillfully as management staff translate the language of forest science for the labourer, such translations can only ever operate at a representative – an abstract – order. In the final instance, it is always the labourer herself who must translate what she has been told into the material inscription: the trees in the ground.