Forest Regeneration in the Pacific Northwest

An Environmental Perspective


Linda Clayton




The evolution of the forest regeneration industry has been based primarily on society's needs and values. Although the loggers during the 19th and 20th centuries in the United States operated under a "cut and run" principle, the modern U.S. forest industry has diverged from its earlier logging practices. As old growth forests disappear, forest regeneration has become the primary means for ensuring that society's amenities and the industry's livelihood continues.


Environmentalists sometimes view the forest regeneration industry with suspicion, believing it ignores the principles of balanced ecosystems. Forest industry workers, however, maintain their success depends upon the employment of sound environmental principles. The industry constantly analyzes soil, water, and air impacts and researches genetic and biodiversity issues. Environmentalists can best be served by sharing knowledge with the forest regeneration industry.