If you fly over Oregon in a plane…

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

Bud

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 thingย and come away with entirely different ideas and impressions.
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