National Geographic : 1975 Feb
Two points of view. Which is right? Obviously both are. Because both recognize fundamental truths about our quality of life. We are a people hungry for out door recreation. We love the wil derness, the forests. To some, it's distressing to see a tree fall And our forests are much more than playgrounds. They're essen tial to a balanced life system. Tempering our climate, replenish ing oxygen, keeping soil from eroding, sustaining wildlife. At the same time, timber is an in dispensable economic resource. Every year, each of us uses the timber equivalent of two 16" pine trees 50' high. We build more than one million new housing units with lumber and plywood the principal materials. Can we cut more trees and still have our forests? With responsible forest manage ment the answer is yes. Modern forestry is showing the way. Growing about 32% more wood than is harvested. And pro tecting growing trees from insects, fire and disease. Industry-owned lands meet only 26% of America's wood-product needs. Governmental and individ ually owned lands supply the rest. Responsible high yield manage ment is needed on all forest lands to accomplish the dual aim of serving and preserving. Caterpillar machinery helps plant, protect and harvest our forest lands. So we have a special long term interest in good forest man agement. We also recognize the danger in overcutting timber re serves. But with modern, respon sible forestry, America can have lumber and forests. Both. There are no simple solutions. Only intelligent choices. Caterpillar,Catand 3 areTrademarks of CaterpillarTractor Co.