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Disagreement? Not necessarily. Both viewpoints make sense. We must save our forests and we must have more lumber. Trees are a natural resource essential to both our environment and our economy. Trees hold the soil, stop erosion. They provide food and cover for wildlife. Their beauty and tran quility offer a welcome change from our hurry-up lives. At the same time, we must have wood. For more than two million new homes each year. For books and newspapers. Furniture. For countless uses, some 15 billion dollars worth, annually. We can have forests and paper and wood products. With complete, responsible forest management. But it's not necessarily good management to leave the forests alone. When millions of trees are allowed to die of "natural" causes -old age, fire, insects, disease that's waste. Modern forestry harvests trees at the proper time and gets new trees growing immediately. So regrowth is faster and surer than nature can provide. A U.S. Forest Service study shows that we grow 62% more wood per acre on forest industry lands than on public lands. That capability is significant. Intensive forest management can give us the wood products we need without lasting damage to our ecology. As long as we recog nize the importance of each. We think that's important because machines made by Caterpillar are used in the woods. And because forests are important to the beauty and health of our nation. There are no simple solutions. Only intelligent choices. Caterpillar, CATE pillar TrLAR Caterpillar,Catand M areTrademarksof CaterpillarTractorCo.