Environment: Tumult Over Timbering

According to a 1960 federal law, the 154 national forests in the U.S. must be used for multiple purposes—recreation, timbering, grazing, wildlife preservation, watershed protection. But the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the Agriculture Department that manages national forests, has lately given top priority to private logging on public land. The service's budget is hiked when it does more timber business. Furthermore, President Nixon has ordered a 60% increase in the logging of national forests in order to meet a goal of 26 million new housing units by 1978.

As a result,...

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