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  •  It Appears That You ARE Arguing (0+ / 0-)
    that every acre of forest land is necessary to preserve for the benefit of the environment

    Here was one of your arguments for the cause of greater deforestation.

    Investment managers have an objective to maximize returns for their investors. And as the timber industry grows tougher, selling land for development has become an opportunity for all forest owners. In industry talk, it's called "higher and better use."

    A growing gap in the economics of timber versus housing development ramps up the pressure. The going price for property at timber value in Oregon is $2,000 to $4,000 an acre. If it's sold as a home site, it's worth $30,000 an acre.

    I am not arguing that private ownership brings less deforestation, only that using HBU's as your argument is a red herring.

    Even federally owned land has had deforestation due to HBU's.  Look at Yellowstone National Park and Yosemite.  Many areas have been deforested for recreational sites.  Many thousands of acres of bottomland forests that were once in private hands are now sitting under water due to federal regulations and actions.

    Most of your arguments center on what use you feel is best for any given acre of land.  But no system will allow all 300+ million of us to come to an agreement on that.

    •  No, the anarcho capitalist (0+ / 0-)

      was arguing that private ownership and a free market would protect forest lands, and I was simply arguing with that.  It might protect some, but it wouldn't maintain them all, was my argument.  I didn't say it was good or bad if some were not protected, it simply disproved the argument I was countering.

      "Intolerance is something which belongs to the religions we have rejected." - J.J. Rousseau

      by James Allen on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 09:31:20 AM PST

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