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When it comes to our public lands, subsidized logging and road-building is a net-money loser. Recreation in our National Forests generates 5 times more revenue than logging (I imagine the numbers are similar for BLM lands).
We’ve got lots of them, but no one visits our state or buys hiking boots to hike the clearcuts.
In any case, the biggest problem the industry has right now is a lack of demand. Increasing supply would be the worst thing you could do!
This isn’t about killing jobs. This is about stopping an illegal and destructive plan before it took effect.
The logging industry loves to use words like “green” and “sustainable”. They use environmental rhetoric to justify cutting as many of the biggest trees they possibly can. I have no doubt there are plenty of loggers who care about the environment. It’s their bosses that I don’t trust (and sadly, many of the forest managers who listen to them).
You can’t stop global warming, protect forests, wildlife, and water and increase timber harvests by the amount WOPR proposed – that’s why it was illegal.
We need to focus on logging that is sustainable – not just in rhetoric, but actually sustainable and ecologically sound. For that, I don’t trust anyone with the ear of the timber bosses.
And PS -- "regeneration harvest" is Orwellian for clearcut
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