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Should old growth trees be cut down and used or preserved?

The only thing I know is that they grow in the Coastal forest region. The coastal forest region has both old growth and new growth stands of trees. The old growth trees are optimum for use in the logging industry.

What benefits do old growth trees provide in a forest ecosystem, and what benefits do they provide for the logging industry.

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    Old growth forests provide a habitat for many species of plants and animals, some of which are endangered.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old-growth_forest

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    Okay thanks. I get the second part to this, but I don't get the first one.

    Should old growth trees be cut down and used or preserved?

    I don't know about this.

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    What does this mean?

    Many old-growth forest stands are threatened by habitat destruction through excessive logging. This destruction reduces biodiversity, affecting not only the old-growth forest itself, but also indigenous species that rely upon old-growth forest habitat

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    When old growth trees are cut down -- they're gone. Period. The animals that depend upon them are thus endangered and may become extinct. I think old growth forests should be protected from commercial interests and be permitted to flourish.

    Your second statement means that when old-growth forests are destroyed, many native animals and plants are also destroyed.

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    yeah you are right and if they do get cut down they will cause pollution.

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