What's being said about The Forester's Log? Well, since this is my official website, I'll probably only link the reviews I like...but so far, I am enthralled with the response the book is getting.
Listed in the Notable Books - Southwest Books of 2009, January 2010
By Bill Broyles
Book Review in  Storycircle Network , December 24, 2009 
By Susan Wittig Albert
Book Review in High Country News, June 1, 2009   
Forestry from the inside

By Irene Wanner

Book Review in White Mountain Independent, April 3, 2009   
Forester take readers on walk through woods

By Jo Baeza


Book Review in East Mountain Independent, April 8, 2009    You can download the whole newspaper (2.3MB file at and the article is on page 14.

2 new books take different approaches to writing columns

By Wally Gordon

Book Review in The Horse Fly (Taos NM), May 21, 2009
By Steve Fox
For the book review by Dave Caffey in HIGH COUNTRY, the newsletter of the Philmont Staff Association, see the attachment below.
Quotes from Reviews and others:

“This new book by Mary Stuever is a “find” – like walking through the woods and coming across a lion track on a path, or watching a goshawk gliding through the trees.” – White Mountain Independent (Review by Jo Baeza)



"It's been a long time since a foresters wrote plainly about their work (Gifford Pinchot, Aldo Leopold, Elers Koch (Forty Years a Forester) -- and back then it was only the guys."

- Ana Maria Spagna, author of Wilderness, Belonging and the Crosscut Saw


Most of the pieces are short, but one of the finest is the perceptive account of a climb Stuever led to Pico de Orizaba, Mexico's highest mountain. All of the pieces reveal a deep affection for the land and its creatures, many of whom are seriously threatened. In the last essay in the book, she writes:

I once stood out on a rock ledge on the South Rim [of the Grand Canyon] one fall day when a condor flew a few feet above my head. Its wingspan was immense. I thought of pterodactyls. I told my companion—a bird fan who spends months each year counting raptors flying over the rim—that when I died, I wanted to come back as a condor. He told me that would take really good karma. There just are not that many condors left.

If anybody can earn the karma to come back as a condor, it will be Mary Stuever. Hers is a knowledgeable, powerful, compelling voice. When she speaks for the forests, we must all listen. -- Storycircle Network (Review by Susan Wittig Albert)


The Forester’sLog is about stewardship of America’s woodlands, but it is also about life—joys and sorrows, lessons learned, and people met along the way.”  --High Country (Review by Dave Caffey)


“Stuever takes her readers along the Rio Grande bosque and across the high deserts and mountains of Arizona as she explores the relationships between land and people.” – Los Alamos Monitor


“This book has much to recommend it to practicing foresters, prospective foresters, and anyone else with an interest in forests and how they are managed.  On one level, it can be read simply to educate oneself about forestry in the Southwest, ranging from the big-picture issues to how it is practiced on the ground on a day-to-day basis.  What makes this book most interesting, though, is how effectively it blends the bigger story of forestry with an intensely personal account of one person’s experience with forests and as a professional forester.” – Journal of Forestry (Review by Jim Allen)


“Forester Mary Stuever started writing newspaper columns "to share my love for forests and my passion for my chosen profession." It's a profession that has changed dramatically during the last 25 years, and in her new collection, The Forester's Log, she helps us understand how -- and why -- those changes have occurred. The old emphasis on harvesting "board-feet" is now overshadowed by the critical need to restore natural conditions to the "cramped, crowded, cluttered forests" left by a century of fire suppression.” – High Country News (Review by Irene Wanner)


Mary Stuever's writings, in both the Forester's Log book and columns, introduce both hard science and her personal perspective. This surprising combination that reveals an emotional side to good, hard science is refreshing. She stands in the cross road of environmental passion and scientific management and then goes down both road ways.  --Michael Crofoot, ecological restorationist and stone mason. He is the author of THE LEGUMINOSAE: Their Place in World Ecology  and Symbiont Inoculation Strategies for the Nursery.

It is great to see the “Forester’s Log” in print. Having read many of the wonderful stories before this collection was published, I am excited to know that many others will now have that same opportunity.

- Arthur “Butch” Blazer, New Mexico,  State Forester

Mary Stuever,
Aug 22, 2009, 12:40 PM