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2009-01-21 06:29:20
I thought all the large redwoods were protected. Are these treasures still being cut down?
2009-01-21 06:15:29
A Bouts is entirely correct about the necessity to recycle and that most currently available lumber has been commercially grown relatively recently. My point is that redwood (sequoia sempervirens) CANNOT be profitably grown commercially, only harvested commercially, because of its very slow growth rate. A 4X4 redwood fence post at one's local lumber source could be 600 years old. If one plants a redwood seedling, and one can--see The Save the Rewoods League site--one is investing in a future a thousand years off. It's a cool and selfless thing to do, actually.
2009-01-21 00:22:29
I believe in recycling. First - We cut all of the trees down. Second - We mill them all for lumber. Third - We use the freshly milled lumber to build new homes on the now cleared land. I almost forgot, we'll plant three new trees in each yard. As I look around my own home I see it is made of mostly Wood. How about yours? And to those who live in the snowy areas of the world, how are your homes heated? With wood or oil? On a serious note. Today's lumber is not "old" growth, well not on the west coast, but made from trees planted over the last forty-fifty years. And the lumber companys continue to plant new trees every year to sustain their industry. WoW look at me and this long winded rant! I've been hanging around Patito too long. Heh Heh!!!
2009-01-20 11:51:36
I agree swc156 - it's very sad. I saw those old giants in Oregon and California. They are absolutely magestic!! I was in awe of them; I felt insignificant standing beside them.
2009-01-20 11:20:16
It is indeed a funeral procession. These magnificent old growth redwood trees that could have been anywhere from 1000 to 1500 years or older when cut. That's Thousand Years, not a typo. They are headed for flooring planks, fence posts, birdhouses, and outdoor furniture. Redwood cannot be farmed commercially because it grows so slowly. Think about it if you go to buy a birdhouse or fence post--although most of those ancient trees are gone unless now protected in parks, the wood in your hand could well have been growing 300, 400, 500 years ago, and could go on for a thousand years. Is that bag of redwood chips really worth it?
2009-01-20 08:53:27
It's a funeral procession.
2009-01-20 07:07:11
That would be great if it was from one tree. Or maybe it was?