National Geographic : 1978 Jun
Beautiful. Productive. That's our forest! Prompting one person to say, "Protect them", while others want greater use. Who's right? SS Maybe both. Forests are magnificent. Peace ful, sweet smelling, beautiful. A retreat to experience nature on her own terms. Refuge for wildlife. Protection for critical watersheds. No wonder many demand our forest be preserved-untouched. The other side, however, ex plains that trees are too important not to be used. For wood. For homes and furniture. For paper. For newspapers, books, letters and checks. Demand for forest products grows. Will double in the U.S. in 50 years. More trees, not fewer, must be cut. On more land, not less. Woodlands are wondrous and wood is essential. So what to do? The answer lies in the character of the forests themselves. They can give us recreation, wildlife, watershed protection and timber all at the same time. Because trees are uniquely renewable. Once harvested they can come back to provide outdoor pleasure and wildlife cover as they grow. / But it takes responsible man agement to get the most from our forests. Restocking idle scrub lands, planting genetically superior trees, co-ordinating har vest with other needs. Measures like these can double wood pro duction and maintain aesthetic values for centuries to come. We at Caterpillar build machin ery that works in woods and mill yards. Beyond that interest, we are concerned that our forest re sources be managed to meet the needs of tomorrow's generations. There are no simple solutions. Only intelligent choices. CATERPILLAR Caterpillar. Cat and$[are Trademarksof CaterpillarTractor Co.