National Geographic : 1964 Jul
Farther up the ridge, in privately owned forest, I passed a scene that was, on first sight, depressing: miles of stumps .. . areas deeply rutted by tractors... the dross of logging. Yet a closer look showed a cycle of renewed growth already under way. Most of the stumps were luxuriantly bushy, revealing a most fortunate characteristic of sempervirens. I climbed up on one stump almost big enough for a dance floor. Around its edge were dozens of healthy sprouts three to six feet high. These shoots grow at a phenomenal rate, taking advantage of the still viable parent root sys- tem, which affords them far more nutrient than a seedling could get. A totally logged-over area is a thriving for est again in 40 or 50 years. In fact, I saw in Eureka's city park second-growth redwoods that were three feet in diameter. Yet they had grown to that enormous size within the mem ory of living men. Many of the larger lumber companies here call their holdings "tree farms." They practice sustained-yield logging: One area produces a crop while another fosters regrowth. But log ging men are in agreement that it takes at nACP(MF V PAM A 7A4I 1NATIONAlI CFOnaR AP IC STAFF ( N.GS.