Forest Policy

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Current Debate Over Forest Practices

Conflicting Demands on American Forest Lands

America's forests are today the subject of a bitter debate that seems certain to intensify in the months ahead. At issue are broad and complex questions about forest management: How much timber should be harvested, and where? How should trees be logged? How much forest land should be preserved for wilderness, wildlife and watershed? How can various recreation demands be reconciled? Can the forests be managed to satisfy all these needs? At stake in this debate are not only future timber supply and national housing demands, but the very future of the nation's forests.

With the increase in public concern over the environment in the past few years, America's forests have aroused widespread attention and controversy. ...

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