Using renewable resources wisely

Regarding your editorial "Where to Stop Chopping," June 23: The author states, "even carefully paced timber-harvesting monitored by the US Forest Service would eventually exhaust the resource."

This is not an accurate statement; trees are a renewable resource. Since 1952, United States timber growth has annually exceeded removal. It is a fact that the use of nonrenewable wood substitutes would have to be increased significantly to compensate for large-scale reductions in the amount of wood harvested.

The atmosphere, the earth, and the increasing population demand that we make better use of our resources. We need to encourage the wise use of renewable resources. Richard Schaberg, East Lansing, Mich.

Letters are welcome. Only a selection can be published, subject to condensation, and none acknowledged. Please fax letters to (617) 450-2317 or address them to "Readers Write," One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115.

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