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Old 05-19-2014, 06:28 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by backwoodsman View Post
Driving on a bed of sticks is certainly better than rutting the ground up.When the machines enter the woods also makes a huge difference, but no matter what it's an ugly operation to someone who cares about the forest. The problem is money, it has to be done in a profitable manner, the more profitable the better, we're becoming insane about it, treating the planet as If it's financially obligated to us.

As far as the benefits to wildlife, I guess if you're trying to raise deer like cattle or goats then yes, it benefits wildlife,but there's a big difference between life in a continuously logged vs an old growth forest. Life in the latter took a long time to achieve, we'd probably get more from life by respecting it, appreciating it, and learning about it,than only seeing it as a dollar sign / crop to be harvested.

There was a good program on a few weeks ago that was about some studies they've been doing on plants. One of the things they discovered was a parent tree(I can't remember the species they tested) feeds nutrients to it's young seedlings under it.
Profit is the name of the game. The Newcomb property was logged in the mid-80's. They did not use that cutting machine. It was a much neater job.

That machine is fast. One tree every 10 seconds. Of course it broke down at the end and the sub-contractor declared bankruptcy. Guess he needed and even faster machine.

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