Use More Paper??

I received an email from Dean Rickman, who is the company representative at the printer AOI has been using for our publication Think & Believe. It goes right along with the previous blog I wrote regarding Mount St. Helens and human involvement in the environment.

It certainly illustrates a viewpoint that mankind should use the resources that God has provided wisely which is similar to dressing and keeping the garden –even though the original Garden is not here!  Use the forests’ resources, but don’t abuse them. Now, I’m not advocating wasting paper or trees, but Dean’s email is worth noting. He wrote:

  • Annual net growth of U.S. forests is 36% higher than the volume of annual tree removals.
  • The paper and forest products industry replenishes more than it takes and ensures the sustainability of our forests by planting 1.7 million trees every single day, more than three times what is harvested.
  • There are nearly 750 million acres of forests in the U.S – about the same as 100 years ago.
  • 600 million seedlings planted annually supplement natural regeneration in Canada.

“Forestry is the most sustainable of all the primary industries that provide us with energy and materials…To address climate change, we must use more wood, not less. Using wood sends a signal to the marketplace to grow more trees…”


Dave Nutting


Ref: Dr. Patrick Moore, Co-founder of Greenpeace
Chair/Chief Scientist of Greenspirit Strategies Ltd
“An Inconvenient Fact”,
The Vancouver Sun August 29, 2007

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