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“In fact, by itself, the Tongass accounts for more than one-third of all the remaining old-growth, temperate rainforest habitat in the world.”
“That means that millions of acres of old-growth trees won't be cut and some of the most beautiful and pristine wilderness in America will, for now, stay that way.”
“So far, a million acres have been logged -- but nine million acres of old-growth forest remain intact.”
“The theater is now covered in vines, surrounded by old-growth trees and giant bushes.”
“This isn't resource conumption per se, but when we consider that old-growth logging has declined but not stopped due to demand (largely based on price of such woods) and loggers have begun a 10-1 replanting ratio for areas cut down, the bleak notion that every resource used today is a withdrawl from a finite pool available for tomorrow's generations is undermined.”
“You can give more people more chainsaws, but they will only cut down more old-growth forests.”
“The old-growth forests had been maintained for their nut crop—a major source of food and oils.”
“As we drove deeper into the forest and passed under the thick canopy formed by the old-growth trees, the sunlight would mysteriously vanish.”
“Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Thursday scrapped a plan, authorized in the last days of the Bush administration, to nearly quadruple the allowable logging on federal lands in western Oregon - including many prized old-growth stands - and open up protected northern spotted owl habitat across Oregon, Washington and Northern California to timber companies.”
“These were mostly old-growth trees that measured ten and even twenty feet in diameter.”
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