Logging is BIG BUSINESS - 29 billion dollars yearly in the U.S. alone. Wood and paper are among the most used products in the world today. But can our forests continue to supply such burgeoning needs indefinitely? And what is happening to our forest ecology? The Sahara was once a lush pastureland with occasional forests. Egypt was once the breadbasket of the Roman Empire. North Africa, replete with forests, rivers and lakes, supplied the Roman games, sometimes at the rate of 1000 large animals each day. Today, most of North Africa is desert.
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