Americans advanced across a relatively unexploited landscape, and logged old
growth forests in New England, the East Coast, then the Midwest, and finally the
Pacific. You will find precious few old growth forests in any of these places
now, except for the Pacific Northwest. There, we stopped short of converting
all of the biggest trees into lumber. In these other places, such as Wisconsin,
the whole timber industry has had to retool to fit the new circumstances; that
is, to fit an emerging second-growth forest which offered different quantities
and types of wood. If all of the above "log it or lose it" people had their way,
we'd log out the remaining old growth, and STILL face the aftermath of a wood
products industry dependent on second growth. In that sense, old growth is
nonl-renewable, like oil; humans simply won't wait for 250 years for old growth
to return. After all, that's how long our nation has existed. Old growth
produces a number of unique resources, including endangered species that require
it, but also some of our cleanest water, hunting, fishing, tourism, etc. Go to
Forks, Washington, and see what the alternative is.
Despite the fact that logging has all but stopped in the pacific northwest
because of the spotted owl, the US is still using as much wood (a renewable
resource)as ever. The decreased supply from the pacific northwest has been more
than made up by increased imports from countries which have lower environmental
standards on timbering operatons, creating a greater overall negative impact on
mother earth than if logging had continued in the pacific northwest. This what
the environmentalists really want - to protect their own back yard even if it
trashes everyone else's back yard.
"Sounds like a good idea, wonder why they wouldn't do it."Er...ah...
because it's a good idea?
Thanks for your fine service.
Sounds like a good idea, wonder why they wouldn't do it.
BURN ALL THE FORRESTS!
We need oil.Take out the stupid trees and start building wells!
But wacko environmentalists won't want to hear it. They are primarily
interested in stopping the removal of old-growth. The owls are their excuse to
stop progress and hamstring industry.
I have already put several holes in an envelope and sent them to the loggers
union.I also spotted several owls not far from where I live the
other day, so now there are more spotted owls thanks to me.