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Our society needs and wants different
things from forests. As our population has grown, conflicts
over how we manage and use the forests have become more
common. For example, widespread support exists for preserving
uncut forests at the same time that demand for lumber, paper,
and other wood products is increasing. Finding acceptable
compromises to settle these conflicts is at the heart of
products manufacturers have
learned to create a greater variety of products from fewer
raw materials. With new products like oriented strand board,
less wood is wasted and more is recycled.
products. Commercial and
personal harvest of other forest products is increasing:
mushrooms, huckleberries, floral greenery, medicinal plants,
and many other things. Because the amount taken was so small
until recently, we still don't know how much of each product
can be removed on a sustainable basis.
Large landowners, such as the federal government, have begun
requiring permits to harvest certain products, so that more
information can be collected on the sustainable use of non-wood
and tourism in forests is generally increasing.Compared
to the past, Oregonians are making more frequent trips to
the woods, but not driving as far. Visitors come from around
the world to see our beautiful forests.
and spiritual values
of forests are the most important aspect for some people.