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Forest Dan's comments:
Forestry is such a controversial topic, that it is rare to hear other than the two end points of the argument. From the Tree Whacker side that we need to cut for the money and the Tree Hugger side that we need to preserve every tree. Well, we really can do both if we go at it rationally. This wouldn't be "logging as usual", nor would it be hands off no matter what.
We must realize that as Amricans and Oregonians we consume an awful lot of wood, paper and energy and it has to come from somewhere! We must cut down our consumption, duh, but what we do consume will come from someone's forest, so it should be from ours, responsibly done, not in someone elses back yard where we don't need to watch and it can "just get shipped here", using more and wasting more, resources.
Also, a bill in the legislature doesn't create a market for newly whacked forests, so we need to consider how our forest operations can provide both forest health and valuable products, through a stewardship approach. There is much to the topic of stewardship, as a philosophy and a way of managing.
I'm happy to discuss specifics.
Yours; Forest Dan (www.forestdan.com)
posted 3 years, 11 months ago
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