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I am a retired extension forester with background in research and teaching. I have worked in Oregon and Washington. I offer the following observations. One, The questioning of Gilleland did come off as a bit pointed. Two, readers should know that while the Mayor of Cannon Beach regarded Weyco as "homegrown", the first thing Weyco did after aquiring Oregon's Willammette Industries was to liquidate WI's standing sawtimber as quickly as possible to pay for the acqusition. Weyco also subdivided their Snoqualmie Tree farm north of Seattle. Three, Erin Kelly summarized the current effects of tax laws on industrial timber managment far better than I could; right on. Four; industrial timber managment is driven by financial return, tempered by social concerns as effected by state forest practice rules, local mores and the like. Oregon has very good forest practice rules. Five, I am a bit acquainted with the Longfibre holdings in Hood River County, I'd guess what is being harvested to be mostly second growth, likely third growth in many areas. Moral here, trees usually grow back even when harvests are left unattended, though planting and weed control offers far more certainty of successful reforestation especially on droughty sites or when aggressive weeds (unwanted vegetation) are present. Six, the current focus on old growth on public lands has led to ignoring thing like managment for meadows and early seral species such as humming birds, butterflies and of course deer and elk.
Bottom line; forests are a renewable resource that provide a wide range of things we humans want. Timber harvesting can usually be integrated with those other goals or even aid achieiving them. Replacing forest with houses or asphalt, or not thinning trees (aka fuel) in fire prone east side forests, however..... As long as the forest ground stays intact, managment options are good.
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