If you heard there were people in Oregon fighting to have more logging on federal lands, you would probably assume they were representing logging companies, not environmental groups. But according to an article in Eugene’s Register-Guard, a number of local environmental groups including the Oregon Natural Resources Council have become convinced that more cutting would simply be better for the forests. This is because without thinning, human-planted fir trees often become dense clusters of spindly trees with dark and relatively barren land underneath, hardly the richness and complexity of an old growth forest. They don’t support clear-cutting, or chopping down centuries old trees, but this is surely a welcomed change in the Pacific Northwest debate.

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