Column: We must have freedom if there is hope to save our environment



The first Earth Day took place in 1970, when I was a high school senior, and that day set the course of my life for the next 25 years.

Convinced of the need to protect the environment and realizing that forests were a key part of the environment in my home state of Oregon, I elected to attend forestry school, graduating in 1974.

Over the next two decades, I helped almost every major environmental group in their efforts to save public forests from what we thought were the rapacious hands of timber companies.

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