In the 1970s, there was controversy over Forest Service plans to combine clearfelling and managed regeneration in West Coast beech forests. Many West Coasters, aware of the local economic benefits, supported the Forest Service scheme. But groups such as Action for the Environment condemned the likely destruction of what they saw as a beautiful asset with great potential for recreation and tourism. This photograph of beech forest in the upper Grey Valley was published with a 1973 newspaper article outlining their views.
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