Oregon has a big history of logging and fishing. Both have significantly died down in the past years, though, in large part from over-consumption and in part due to the regulations put in place as a response to over-consumption.
Two locals I spoke with recently offered very different views about the logging industry in Oregon. They both started their arguments for or against logging with the same phrase: “if you fly over Oregon in a plane…” Then they diverge.
Bud, who has worked at paper mills his whole life:
“If you fly over Oregon in a plane, you’ll see there are plenty of trees.
Increased regulations have made it difficult for the logging industry to survive.”
Thea, who used to worked in botany with the Forest Service:
“If you fly over Oregon in a plane, you’ll see there’s a lot of destruction.
You’ll see that there’s 12% left of the forests that used to be.”
It goes to show how two people can look at the same thing and come away with entirely different ideas and impressions.