Loggers etc.

Subject: Loggers etc.
From: Rafael Furniss <>
Date: Fri, 6 Oct 1995 12:47:08 +1000 (EST)
These last few posts have quite depressed me. Logging is an emotive issue 
with both sides being ill-informed as to the other sides position. This 
is only part of the issue, but what percentage of trees logged in this 
country are turned into paper? With the vast amount of newspaper used 
every day in this country I would think it is a lot. The amount of trees 
cut for paper could be eliminated if the federal government legalized the 
use of cannabis for the manufacture of paper. The stems of the plant are
used for paper production and contain no THC (the active mind-bending 
substance in the plant). To maximize this part of the plant (as opposed to 
leaves which do contain THC) they are planted close together. I can't give a 
reference, but 6x the biomass per unit area of a mature forest can be grown 
in a single year. And in subsequent years. Loggers who lose their jobs could 
be retrained to grow hemp. Everyone else is being retrained these days, why 
not them?

But above all, education is the key. If enough people (especially loggers 
and their families) are educated about the necessity of species and habitat 
preservation, the government will have no choice but to listen to the majority 
instead of a minority. 

If all else fails, I would advocate tree-spiking as a last resort.


<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • Loggers etc., Rafael Furniss <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU