Photo, Print, Drawing B&T Logging Contractors sign at the job site

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B&T Logging Contractors sign at the job site
Contributor Names
Eiler, Lyntha Scott (Photographer)
Created / Published
September 28, 1995
Subject Headings
-  Logging
-  Fall
-  September
-  Year-round work
-  Photographs
-  Ethnography
-  West Virginia -- Rock Creek
-  The extraction of coal and timber has for the past century formed a "boom and bust" economy for people living in the mountains. Conversations with residents and foresters reveal a contrast between two modes of forest management, one market-based, the other community-based. A community-based mode of forestry, rooted in a historical system of forest-farming with Cherokee and Celtic antecedents (cite source), nurtures a sense of reciprocity among humans, animals, and the land. A number of project participants expressed misgivings about destroying "den trees," "bee trees," and nut trees, for example. "I worked with a man in Hazy who would not cut a hickory," said Danny Williams. "He would not cut a hickory. The boss had to go along behind him and cut all the hickories." Depicted in these photos is a "selective cut," which means that the property owner identified the species and size of timber that could be harvested.
-  Event: Logging.
35 mm Color Slide
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1999/008: CRF-LE-C010-04
Source Collection
Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
Online Format
IIIF Presentation Manifest
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Chicago citation style:

Eiler, Lyntha Scott. B&T Logging Contractors sign at the job site. Rock Creek West Virginia, 1995. Photograph.

APA citation style:

Eiler, L. S. (1995) B&T Logging Contractors sign at the job site. Rock Creek West Virginia, 1995. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Eiler, Lyntha Scott. B&T Logging Contractors sign at the job site. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.