Where should we have drawn the line?

Larry Harrell fotoware at jps.net
Fri Jun 16 20:43:10 EST 2000

Thanks, Don, for bringing us this wonderful near-comedic piece of oration.
Sprinkled with tiny bits of wisdom, these quotes will probably be used by
those preservationists that so selfishly want to save the forests for
themselves and not see the "big picture". Personally, I balance precariously
in the middle with the mindset of a true environmentalist and the keen aim
of a seasoned timber beast. I don't just yap about theories, possiblities
and what-ifs. I'm an artist in the woods, sculpting unhealthy modern forests
into more natural, functioning eco-systems. I am making a real difference
out in the woods, doing what is right.


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D. Staples <dstaples at livingston.net> wrote in message
news:394AA45E.7C81B693 at livingston.net...
> Piney Woods Journal, June 2000
> Forester asks, Where should we have drawn the line?
> Where Should We Have Drawn The Line?
>  By:  Harry Wiant,          Past President, Society of American
> Foresters
> It was my pleasure to be one of the speakers on a panel at the recent
> Winter Meeting of the Allegheny SAF in Titusville, PA.  Kathe Frank
> (USFS) spoke first, giving a wonderful talk on "Dealing with
> Preservationists" and Kenny Kane (Forest Consultant) following me with a
> challenging message, "Can We Pull it Off" The topic I was "assigned" was
> "Where Do We Draw the Line?", which I quickly changed (see above)
> probably to the surprise of no one.
> If  you'll excuse a bit of W.W.II terminology, we were driven off the
> forestry beachhead long ago when we gave up defending clearcutting, one
> of our most valuable tools.  Numerous studies by USFS, university, and
> private investigators demonstrated the appropriateness of clearcutting,
> even in our Appalachian hardwoods.  Why have these publications
> ceased?   Has the ecology of our species and stands changed?  Of course
> not! The sad truth is that our research and science is hostage to
> political
> correctness.
> Our retreat became a rout when our professional society and leaders
> accepted with silence the appointment of non-foresters as Chiefs of the
> USDA Forest Service.  Not reflecting on the individuals, who may be most
> honorable, it's a territorial testimony to our ineffectiveness (or
> political cowardliness) to fail to protest in the strongest terms when
> non-foresters heard our largest forestry organization.  We have stood by
> while the Forest Service, once the finest  in the federal bureaucracy,
> was
> destroyed and now marches arm-in-arm with the Sierra Club.
> Our ragtag troops raised the white flag when we gave ecosystem
> management credence, even though we have no idea what it means or how to
> do it.  It is all too plain what is has done to management on our
> national forest.  Now some foresters pretend we really need third party
> certification, a few will probably accept the ludicrous notion of
> returning much of our forest land to some arbitrary pre settlement
> condition, and well known leaders in our profession try to convince us
> that so-called
> environmentalists are our friends.  It they are our friends, pray tell
> what would an enemy look like?
> There is little chance that forest industry will find the will and the
> way to produce the continuous and expensive TV ads I promoted strongly,
> a move so necessary for their own survival.  Surely they will at least
> take the advice a forester gave years ago and print Product of Our
> Renewable Forest on every roll of toilet paper, every piece of plywood,
> everywhere it can remind consumers that someone must produce.  That is
> an almost no-cost strategy which would slowly educate our propagandized
> public.
> Many of our once proud army have accepted the rhetoric of the enemy,
> many have left the profession in hopeless surrender, but thankfully a
> few "real foresters" still stand their ground.  Can we regroup and move
> forward again?  The tattered flag of SAF flutters weakly in the breeze,
> and with a strong voice, it could still serve to rally our forces.
> Truth and science are powerful weapons.  As I said in my campaign
> statement years ago, we may not win, but we can  go down knowing we
> fought the good fight.  There are worse things than fighting and losing
> for a just cause.  And, we might just win, but to be brutally realistic,
> it will take a miracle.
> --
> The door to my web page:  http://www.livingston.net/dstaples/
> For forestry commentary see bionet.agroforestry and alt.forestry news
> groups, as well as http://www.delphi.com/ab-forestry/ for a continuing
> conversation on forestry.

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