Conservation: Last Stand

No legacies of the land are more deeply embedded in American emotions than the Grand Canyon and the redwood forests of Northern California. Yet, because of their commercial potential, conservationists have had to fight to preserve them. Only last month they beat off—for the time being—an Administration attempt to build two dams that would have flooded both ends of the Grand Canyon. Now their principal concern is the soaring redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens).

Since 1820, loggers have turned 85% of the redwood forests into building materials. While enlightened lumber companies have long practiced selective logging and reforestation, some still buzz-saw...

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