Forest Management Debate

Forest Management Debate - Word count: 863 Years ago...

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Word count: 863 Years ago forests were solely valued for the resources they contained. It has only been in recent years that the American people have found other preferable uses for these forests, which stray from the incentive of making a profit. These different ideas of how forests should be used have created a long lasting controversy that industries and environmentalists have battled over for years. The National Forest Management Act of 1976 describes a management program that calls for multiple-use of the forests. Even this seemingly negotiable plan generates conflicts between the tree huggers and the greedy industrialists. Although the act calls for multiple-use, industries should have some, yet minimal use of national forests. When deciding on proper uses of forests one must consider wildlife, recreation and aesthetics, and proper logging methods. Cutting down a few trees might seem harmless to some, but this process ruins homes of animals, insects, and plants. In forested areas where high-grading takes place, animal’s homes and food sources can be almost entirely eliminated. In the article ‘How to Have Your Wood and Your Forest Too’, Norman Boucher provides some examples of this idea. If many big oaks are cut down, then the amount of acorns produced decreases, leaving animals that rely on those acorns such as deer and squirrels with no
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course ENIVRON SC FS 101 taught by Professor Bowden during the Fall '08 term at Allegheny.

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