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Quality Forestry Always Takes Time

Originally published on A Conversation On BC Forests (2011).

By David Shipway

As a woodworker on the drier southern BC coast with a very small woodlot, and some working familiarity with the timber journey – from seed to old tree and from sawn lumber to sailboat, it seems
obvious to me that there’s still a tug of war between two polarized goals in forestry. One strives for Quantity, the other strives for Quality. It’s a simplification I know, but then we could also call it
Ishmael’s battle between Takers and Leavers, and ask who is winning. Nearly always in our modern addiction to economic growth, gross volume wins over real value. But the short-term quest for higher quantity has already severely compromised long term timber quality in many coastal watersheds. Does this have to be the eternal dilemma in our transient relationship with wild forests, trees and wood? Or is this really a false dichotomy built on ignorant assumptions? Is there a better middle path, a more gracious future in a truly sustainable forestry?

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A Mature Forest Ecosystem

Originally published on the Cortes Tideline (2014)

By Bruce Ellingsen

I believe that most of us now realize that a mature forest ecosystem is a complex community of interconnected, interdependent organisms demonstrably capable of developing, expanding and sustaining itself. To appreciate this, we only have to consider the forests that existed in much of North America and, more specifically, on our Pacific Coast, when we Europeans arrived. 

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Do Chickens Have A Life? Or Are They Simply Food?

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMA new study published in Poultry Science states that though modern hens are given half the food, 32% less water and yet producing 27% more eggs than their counterparts from 1960. Should we perceive this as an accomplishment of new technologies and increased efficiency? Or simply cruelty to animals?Do chickens have a life? Or are they simply food?
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EV’s are Just Better Vehicles, in Almost Every Way

By Roy L Hales

Brad Gibson was so disturbed by the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” that he decided to never buy another gas burning car for  commuting. He and his wife Mariko would share their 2005 Subaru Outback XT until they found an alternative. As they were both working, that meant Gibson could only use it part of the week. He pedaled the 40 miles to and from work twice a week, which was not always pleasant in rainy Washington State, and caught buses. At one point, his father offered to give them a second car, Gibson said no. Though not in the top 1% of America’s wage earners, he was in the top 10%. If people like him were not prepared to make changes, how could they expect anyone else to?
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