have you seen this?

Rod Ritter rritter at gogebic.cc.mi.us
Wed Dec 17 04:44:14 EST 1997


There is a big difference between western forest and eastern forest.  There
is currently more forest east of the Missippi today than at the turn of the
century.  Sure, the forests are different than at pre-settlement times, but
through good forestry practices, these forest contain levels of biological
diversity, in many ways, higher than the original forests.  

Most people don't realize that, next to an ancient forest, a well managed
forest is more pleasing, both biologically and aesthetically.  The forests
that came back since early settlement, were dense with small, slow growing
trees with a lot of defect.  Managed forest on the other hand, removes
defective trees and enhances growth.  This can bring the new forest to a
condition similar to pre-settlement times quicker than if left alone.

Although, the total percentage of forest products produced from national
forests is low  nation wide, it has a dramatic affect on some communities. 
A closure of  the national forest would not only cost jobs in the forest
industry, but also businesses such as grocery stores, restaurants, service
stations, and the list can go on.  Even if the national forest harvest
contribute only 25%  to the local economy, how many businesses can survive
with a 25% loss in income?  Replacement jobs, such as the recration
industry provides, are generally lower paying than the forest industry and
often seasonal .

Forest management has done great things since the Forest Service was
founded.  It would be a grave mistake not to continue.

Kirk Johnson <newkirk at olywa.net> wrote in article
<newkirk-1612970007120001 at bob10.olywa.net>...
> > Opinion: Too Many Trees Are Falling
> > 
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