The writer is general manager of Sutton Place Gourmet Inc.
Wasting America's Forest Riches
I have a list of 25 things I'd like to do before I die.
One of the things on that list is to visit the ancient forests of North America. Only 10 percent of those forests are left on this continent. Once they are gone, they are gone forever.
As a carpenter, I appreciate wood in a way that I think most modern people do not.
In America, we have so much and we seem to do so little with the much we have.
Here is an example: Several row homes were demolished in my neighborhood. One of them was my home.
These houses were built nearly 150 years ago. The wooden structural elements of my home -- its joists and beams -- were as strong as they were 150 years ago. So were the floor boards. There was no effort at all to reclaim that lumber.
There are hundreds of Baltimore City row homes headed in the same direction.
In our quest for economic growth, we must take time to slodown. Let us measure the number of new renovations as an economic indicator and not the number of housing starts.
Eliminate all raw log exports. Let us keep jobs in America by not exporting raw logs to other countries. We are not a colony.
Let us produce paper using the ancient method of fashioning it from hemp and cereal straw.
Let us save good jobs by preserving forests which support those jobs.
And most of all, let's keep our ancient forests so that we might all share in the awesome splendor of walking through their giant trees -- and that my son and his to come can take that walk, too.