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Definitely not. Over 95% of the ancient coast redwood forests are already in redwood parks where they are protected forever.
More than 96% of today's redwood lumber comes from lands that have been previously harvested. A large portion of these are private lands that are owned by lumber companies and zoned for timber harvest.
Even old growth redwood comes from lands that have already been harvested. If the loggers used selective harvesting, or if they left "seed trees" behind to help reforest the property, these trees are available for subsequent harvests. In some cases, trees that were inaccessible at the time of the original harvest can be safely reached with today's modern equipment.
Old growth is usually considered to be trees over 200 years old. There are many reasons why trees of this age are still available for harvest on private property which cannot be considered ancient forests.
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this page last updated: April 02, 2004