History of logging industry is also a cautionary tale

Lessons in sustainability
Paul Barten of the Great Mountain Forest talked about 19th-century logging practices and the Myth of Inexhaustibility at the Norfolk Library Saturday, April 9. Photo By Patrick L. Sullivan

NORFOLK — When Michael Palin of the British comedy group Monty Python sang, “I’m a lumberjack and I’m OK, I sleep all night and I work all day,” he was historically accurate.

Dr. Paul K. Barten, executive director of the Great Mountain Forest and professor of Forest Resources at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, painted a similar picture of life in American logging camps as part of his lecture on “The Myth of Inexhaustibility: 19th-Century Logging, 21st-Century Lessons.” The talk was on Saturday, April 9, at the Norfolk Library.

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