Well clear cuts grow back, more often than not it is a better harvest method than selective harvest, it's a way for us to mimic a forest natural disturbances while still utilizing forest products.
There's a flip side to developments as well. While developments aren't exactly Ecofriendly, peple generally like to have trees in their yards. There are a lot of urban forests in places that didn't traditionally have trees.
You also have to look at the 100's of thousands of acers of tree plantations in places like north Dakota and Nebraska that never had trees pre human development.
Last edited by C.B.; 12-02-2012 at 10:22 PM.