Old Growth Forests In Perspective

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This image shows the time it takes to attain old growth for a forest. It is a humbling time frame. It is a classic example of build it forward thinking. If we plan on an old growth forest now it will need to be tended and protected for at least 200 years into the future before it becomes an old growth forest……no one person can do that. It takes multiple generations giving to the next generation, like runners passing the flame forward.

It won’t be many generations into the future before they can enjoy the benefits of an old growth forest. That is real Build It Forward thinking.

One Reply to “Old Growth Forests In Perspective”

  1. The coast redwood forest (sequoia sempervirens) is so hugely destroyed, trashed, and depleted at this point, it should be a crime to log a single tree. There is less than 3% of old-growth forest left. Most of the remaining second and third growth forest, which should be preserved and restored as a wonder of the global commons and a bulwark of planetary ecology, is “privately held,” and being logged, then converted to vineyards and housing or just left to the pampas grass.

    I read that this forest is 180 million years old and has not changed, but for human trashing, in the past 30 million years. Over 80% of the forest is gone now–most of it clearcut in the last 40 years–since logging went big-time industrial in the 1970s. Louisiana Pacific and Georgia-Pacific were the major culprits; the Fisher family of San Francisco and Gap, Inc bought up the dregs in Mendocino County in the late 90ies and recently bought Maxxam/Charles’s Hurwitz’s (the S&L scumbag) holdings in Humboldt County. Redwood Empire and Big Creek Timber (an FSC-certified “green” company) are trashing what’s left in Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties (RE is also in Mendo), and so on.

    There may be pockets of privately held redwood forest that are “logged sustainably,” but when you consider the cumulative impacts to the watersheds in which they exist–they, too, should no longer be logged.

    If you have a shred of conscience–which it appears that you do, thank god–do not buy new redwood forest products. There is a LOT of redwood out there for re-use; look for it; re-use it.

    Ditto for the inland redwood forest (the giant sequoia–sequoiadendron giganteum). The blood-sucking conscienceless greed-meisters are still angling for the last of it, but the Sierra Club among others have kept them at bay for the time-being. Clinton’s Sequoia National Monument, by the way, was merely a PR scam–it afforded no protection whatsoever for the forest.

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