LUMBER: Woodman, Spare That Tree

The U.S. has lost 90% of its virgin commercial timber to fires, insects and the woodman's ax, and trees are still falling about as fast as they are growing. Big U.S. lumber companies have been given most of the blame for this drastic, and usually wasteful leveling of the nation's tall timber. Last week the biggest lumber company in the U.S. took another big step to build the forests up again. In a stand of Douglas fir near Oregon's misty Coos Bay, John Philip Weyerhaeuser Jr., Yale-educated president of the $273 million...

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