People often ask me, "Why aren't our forests sustainable? Aren't we re-planting after we cut?" My response is that a forest is not a plantation. A forest is a mosaic, including ancient trees, venerable giants providing shelter for wildlife. A forest is clear, pure water; rivers alive with trout and salmon. A forest is the deep, rich soil, soaking, storing water and nutrients. A forest is wildness, silence. A forest is tall, straight trees for house beams and logs. A forest is a well spring of value for rural people.
The fact that we can grow young trees where all this once stood does not mean we have perpetuated the forest. The task of protecting and restoring the forest is more complex. It demands all the skill, imagination, and dedication of foresters. This is the art and science of forestry.
- Henry H. Carey
FOREST TRUST P.O. Box 8309 Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504 505-995-0000 p 866-466-7091 f