Letter: Conservation is grounding growth



In response to Chloe Richter's June 22 letter, "Simple steps will save trees," I'd like to let everyone know there's no need for panic. There are more trees in the United States than there were 100 years ago. The conservation effort to preserve our natural resources was begun in earnest by Teddy Roosevelt and has gained in both popularity and practice ever since.

Forest growth, since the 1940s, has actually exceeded harvest rates every year. Much of the blame for so-called deforestation seems to fall on the forest industry when in fact they're responsible for much of the planting that occurs each year. All of the facts about trees and sustainability can be found in a Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations report, http://www.fao.org/docrep/016/i3010e/i3010e.pdf.

Please, please conserve, recycle and don't harm the planet, but let's remember that there are those out there keeping the forests alive and growing and that it is, after all, a resource we can use as long as it's maintained.

John R. Hoffman

Battle Ground