I hope the discussion during the program is focused and truthful and gets to the heart of the matter - mainly that mature and old growth trees are more valuable standing than they are horizontal. They are like an investment made over centuries and are the pillars of an ecosystem from which we and our grandchildren can extract significant "interest" every day in the form of watershed protection, flood abatement, species preservation, reduction in atmospheric carbon dioxide, recreation, spiritual uplift and restoration, education, medicinal value, tourism, and aesthetic appreciation -- to name just a few of the qualities inherent in intact mature and old growth forests.
None of these are available when the forest is leveled and the resulting monetary rewards are short-lived and mostly directed away from here. Suitable alternatives are available - or could be quickly with adequate research - for nearly all the uses that industrial forestry claims it needs to cut down mature and old growth forests for. Continuing to cut trees that are as old or older than our country's history, instead of offering them protection from the chainsaw, is akin to accelerating our society's current long walk down a short pier into a mad dash.
ps. the photo on the website as of Sunday evening is of a Northern Pygmy Owl, not a Northern Spotted Owl. Among other differences, the NSO has dark eyes, as does its congener the Barred Owl.
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