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Social-Environmental Planning

The Design Interface Between Everyforest and Everycity

By Chris Maser

Series Editor: Chris Maser

CRC Press – 2009 – 328 pages

Series: Social Environmental Sustainability

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    September 21st 2009


With the environment, climate change, and global warming taking center stage in the national debate, the issues seem insurmountable and certainly unsolvable at the local level. Written by Chris Maser, international consultant on forest ecology, sustainable forestry practices, and sustainable development, Social-Environmental Planning: The Design Interface Between Everyforest and Everycity focuses on community based solutions, emphasizing how the heavy lifting of sustainability will always be done inside existing cities and communities. Based on the author’s forty years of experience, the book covers the sustainability of the planet and its population when dealing with climate change.

The book provides an in-depth understanding of the commonalities of pattern between Everyforest and Everycity. Maser suggests that before changes can be made, society must adapt to the circumstances of global climate change as they already are, and then determine what we can do to stabilize global climate as effectively and quickly as possible. He explores the reciprocal interface between communities and the landscape and how, when this interface is recognized and understood, it can create solutions that work. With this comprehension, people can adapt to the present and begin determining what they can do now to leave the planet a little better for each generation.


"Using a charismatic discourse and witty convictions, Chris Maser argues that the functionality of nature’s design can be and has been used as a guiding framework to build human communities. … Maser’s ability to bridge scientific theory with social psychology is compelling. … Not since Jones and Cloke’s Tree cultures: The place of trees and trees in their place (2002), and Konijnendijk’s The forest and the city: The cultural landscape of urban woodland (2008), has there been a text so comprehensively bridging urban nature, human culture, and structural process. … Through practical logic, scientific explanation, and unparalleled social insight and intuition, Maser breaks down stereotypical absolutisms in environmental management planning. … the book offers excellent insight into the relationships, functions, and parallels of forests and cities; human behaviour; and also management planning strategies. Set against the backdrop of global climate change, this book reinforces the idea that thinking about green nature in relation to urbanization processes is integral to developing sustainable communities in the interest of human health and quality of living."

—Adrina Bardekjian, York University, The Canadian Geographer, 2012, 56(3)

"… provides an important and unique perspective on the strong relationships and parallels between human-made systems and structures and other natural systems and structures. The convergence of the social and physical sciences; of science and spirituality; of art and science and of other previously isolated fields of endeavor and belief will be, I believe, the hallmark of this century. Chris's book elegantly weaves together two such realms of thought and understanding. … I believe this book will make a significant contribution …"

—Jane Silberstein, Bainbridge Island, Washington

"Maser makes a compelling case for the importance of maintaining Nature's processes, which ultimately sustain the quality of our life."

—R.S. Whaley, Ph. D., President, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York

"I am very impressed by the contribution you have made to Oregon's natural environment and our collective quality of life."

—John A. Kitzhaber, M.D., Governor, State of Oregon

"Author, lecturer, and international consultant on forest management issues, Chris Maser of Corvallis, Oregon, is known to some as the 'Ghandi of the Forest.' … His informed, nonadversarial approach toward environmental issues and competing interest groups has won him the respect of conservationists, government agencies, and members of the timber industry …"

—Will Hornyak, The Stewards' Journal


The Human Dimension of Social-Environmental Planning

How We Think


Frame of Mind

Frame of Reference

Everyone Is Right from His or Her Own Perspective



Language and Communication


The Process of Communication

Barriers to Effective Communication



Nature’s Rules of Engagement in Social-Environmental Planning

The Law of Cosmic Unification

Understanding the Law of Cosmic Unification

The Inviolate Biophysical Principles


Basic Components of Design





System-Altering Disturbances

The Negotiability of Constraints



Habitat, the Language of Boundaries









Patterns Across the Landscape

Relationship and Pattern




The Energy Interchange System

Conduits of Interchange

The Service Connection

The Transportation System: Efficiency or Effectiveness?

The Importance of Backups



Shared Relationships between Everyforest and Everycity

Cumulative Effects, Lag Periods, and Thresholds

The Triad in Everyforest

The Triad in Everycity



Age as an Archive of History

Age as an Archive

Why Save the Old?



Ecology and Economy

Gross Domestic Product


Genuine Economic Indicators

Reuniting Ecology and Economy



A Century for Healing

Toward Social-Environmental Equality in a Diverse World

The Beginnings of International Social Parity

Revisiting the Notion of Development



Social-Environmental Planning in Space and Time

Our Daily Relationships

Everyforest and Everycity as a Living Trust

Long-Term Social-Environmental Planning



Challenges for Social-Environmental Planning

Cultural Capacity

Controlling Our Human Population

What We Introduce into the Environment

Renewable Energy

Open Space

Centralized Generalization

The Urban-Wildlife Interface



Where Leaders Dare to Go

The Questions We Ask

The Lifestyle We Choose

The Economics We Employ

The Laws and Policies We Enact

The Landscape Patterns We Create



Appendix: Common and Scientific Names of Plants and Animals

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Description: By Chris MaserSeries Editor: Chris Maser. With the environment, climate change, and global warming taking center stage in the national debate, the issues seem insurmountable and certainly unsolvable at the local level. Written by Chris Maser, international consultant on forest ecology,...
Categories: City and Urban Planning, Community Planning and Planning Techniques, Rural Planning, Spatial and Regional Planning, Environmental Law - Environmental Studies, Ecology - Environment Studies, Ecological Economics, Forestry