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To remind us of the way the other side thinks and 'reasons:'                      Hyper bole: A very nervous tree trunk!

"Loggers losing their jobs because of Spotted Owl legislation is, in my eyes, no different than people being out of work after the furnaces of [the Nazi concentration camp] Dachau shut down." - David Brower, former executive director of the Sierra Club, on September 23, 1992, to travelers to a Canadian mountain.

 

Forest Health  A measure of the robustness of forest ecosystems. Aspects of forest health include biological diversity, soil, air, and water productivity; natural disturbances; and the capacity of the forest to provide a sustaining flow of goods and services for people. Daniel Boone National Forest Glossary of Terms http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/r8/boone/documents/planning/revplan/glossary.pdf (Page 5 of 18 pages; 158.92 KB) [emphasis added]


Douglas Fir, 15,970 Board Feet, 8'11" Diameter, 270' High, Round Mountain, CA, 1979 Scott Harris Logging Loader loading Logging Truck

How far can you look and not see evidence that you need the timber industry?  It is everywhere, from the toothpick you use after a meal to the toilet paper to the supporting home walls and the frames around your family's treasured photographs.  Because the venue of the logger is often in places distant to most of the population, we consider him or her as we contemplate the trucker:  we see the truck but not its driver, the wood products but not the human beings who worked long and arduous hours to make them available to us. Wood is a renewable resource.  The United States Forest Service is a branch of the Department of Agriculture, and wood is a crop, to be tended and harvested.  If those in charge of it are not good stewards of land and water, their livelihood will be a self-fulfilling disaster.  The healthier private enterprise becomes, the healthier the forests and the industry will be. 

"And now, first and foremost, you can never afford to forget for a moment what is the object of our forest policy. That object is not to preserve forests because they beautiful, though that is good in itself; nor because they are refuges for the wild creatures of the wilderness, though that, too, is good in itself; but the primary object of our forest policy, as of the land policy of the Unites States, is the making of prosperous homes. It is part of the traditional policy of home making in our country. Every other consideration comes as secondary. You yourselves have got to keep this practical object before your minds: to remember that a forest which contributes nothing to the wealth, progress, or safety of the country is of no interest to the Government, and should be of little interest to the forester. Your attention must be directed to the preservation of forests, not as an end in itself, but as the means of preserving and increasing the prosperity of the nation." - Teddy Roosevelt, speaking to the Society of American Foresters in 1903.


"And now, first and foremost, you can never afford to forget for a moment what is the object of our forest policy.  That object is not to preserve forests because they beautiful, though that is good in itself; nor because they are refuges for the wild creatures of the wilderness, though that, too, is good in itself; but the primary object of our forest policy, as of the land policy of the Unites States, is the making of prosperous homes.  It is part of the traditional policy of home making in our country.  Every other consideration comes as secondary.  You yourselves have got to keep this practical object before your minds: to remember that a forest which contributes nothing to the wealth, progress, or safety of the country is of no interest to the Government, and should be of little interest to the forester.  Your attention must be directed to the preservation of forests, not as an end in itself, but as the means of preserving and increasing the prosperity of the nation." - President Teddy Roosevelt, speaking to the Society of American Foresters in 1903. (emphasis added)

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