We have trees in Tasmania which are over a thousand years old. Nobody can pretend that these are a renewable resource. Cut them down and they are gone.
We have some old growth Eucalypt forests left, with trees over ninety metres tall. The old bushmen and saw millers will say, quite rightly, that some of the very best timber comes from these trees. The time has come, however, to leave them where they stand.
We have pockets of rainforest, the beauty and diversity of which cannot be described, and into which only the hardest of hearts can go with a chainsaw.
Respect. An old fashioned word, a bit of a joke, but the only word I can think to use. Respect will show us which of the forests are there for us to use, and how best to use them.
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