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micro_cam · 2015-02-19 · Original thread
You might enjoy this book:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Bitterroot-Mr-Brandborg-Clearcutti...

It turns out the forest service/forest industry did workout how to grow deciduous trees faster at one point to maximize wood production but it involved terracing the hillside to enable mechanized planting and increase water retention.

The resulting forests were far from natural and we moved towards more sustainable levels of harvesting. It will be interesting to see if techniques could be developed to reestablish diverse forests on a larger level will be developed.

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