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'Wise use' for whom?

I am disappointed with the article "Land Use Advocates Make Gains," Oct. 3. Only 10 percent of US forests are left - 90 percent are gone without a realistic chance to renew. Tree farms have not had a good record; the soil is not restored after clear-cut and slash-and-burn methods.The shipping of 1 of 4 trees to Japan and Korea and the use of modern machinery have cost the jobs of millworkers and loggers. Like blacksmithing, logging is becoming an occupation of the past. Loggers need help now adjusting to new jobs. What upsets me most is the insidious suggestion that the destruction of natural resources benefits man. This destruction is for lumber barons and industry - not for man but for money and greed. Margaret Flanagan, St. Paul, Minn.

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