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Brandon Loomis is editor of the Adirondack Explorer.

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  1. Balsam Fir is not Junk says

    The Swiss should remove the Americans from the management of forests in the entire USA, and apply the Swiss system of managing forests for optimal economic, timber producing potential, combined with biodiversity preservation, climate resiliency, slope stabilisation, ecosystem benefits, hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, skiing etc. and the production of the most beautiful, sound chalets in which farmers, loggers, residents, and tourists can reside. SIMPLY PUT: THE SWISS ARE MORE INGENIOUS, ETHICAL, AND NEVER GREEDY about their natural resources. Shame on America for repeatedly destroying its future, natural resources. The real tragedy: None of the greedy people, clearcutting patches in the Adiriondacks, lives in as beautiful a chalet as the Swiss farmers who respect their commune’s forests. Clearcutting is banned in Switzerland, and they make far more money from timber by carefully thinning for wind-firm, oval clusters so that their forests will survive winds, while the square clearcuts of America will blow out. Swiss=Smart. America=Greedy Stupid. America tells its children to go to college, and then refuses to apply anything from local colleges to solve problems. Within 100 miles of the Adirondacks, there must be hundreds of schools and colleges disconnected from finding real life solutions to these enviro problems. Stupid.

    ALL OF THE SUPERIOR TIMBER IN THE NY METRO AREA WAS BURNED OR CHIPPED TO JUNK AFTER HURRICANE SANDY because the USA is so badly organised that it did not require loggers from the Adirondacks to take better quality trees from NYC to mills. Now, the Adirondacks and their smaller trees are clearcut to meet demand. Stupid.

    ADVICE: AMERICANS SHOULD STOP THINKING THAT THEY ARE SMART ENOUGH TO SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS, AND ALLOW THE SWISS, SCANDINAVIANS AND OTHER PEOPLE TO FIND INTELLIGENT SOLUTIONS THAT WORK, AND APPLY THEM TO THE USA.

    Put a smart group of Swiss forest engineers in charge of the entire Adirondacks with full legal authority, and watch them solve the problems within a few years! Instead of fighting forever, they would put their minds together and you would see the difference.
    Everyone would be content. There are no junk trees. There are only junk minds which can not conceive of a creative way to turn every “junk” tree into a beautiful creation.

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