Forests are complex and fascinating ecosystems. They have been shaped by ecological processes over 1,000s of years and also by centuries of human use, abuse, neglect, and care. They are always changing. Forests are essential to human health and well being yet they are often taken for granted. Forests and People explores the: Unique values that forests have in our culture; key characteristics of forests in the Northeast and how and why they have changed through time; historical and contemporary leaders in forest conservation; sustainable forest management principles and practices; current forest use patterns and trends and the challenges and opportunities they the present in the 21st century.