Essay on Deforestation of the Pacific Northwest

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In order to protect the current owl population, the

remaining forests would have to be preserved, but this would have a serious

negative economical effect. Such a decision would effect jobs, regional economy,

as well as the lifestyle of loggers. With such a great effect, to stop the

cutting seems to be an exercise in futility. On the other hand, by continuing

the destruction of the owls' habitat, the only suitable habitat that will remain

will be in the confines of a zoo. Seeing an animal in an artificial environment

can certainly not be compared to witnessing an animal in its' natural

environment. In my opinion, there can be no price put on the existence of any

species on this planet, plant or animal. To think that money has become such an

influential part of our society that companies are willing to sacrifice a

species in order to make a profit. The northern spotted owl is only one of many

species that are on the verge of extinction do to deforestation. Another

important consideration in the deforestation of the Pacific North Coast is

logging as a business. The investors of a publicly owned company sole concern

is the growth of their stock, and this for lumber companies is accomplished by

harvesting trees in the most efficient and cost effective manner. Clear-cutting

old growth is the best way to accomplish this. This approach leads to quick

financial gain but is not best for the long-term or the trees. It is the

companies that use this process that is
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