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This old photo from the Humboldt State University Library Special Collections 1915 era captures lumberjacks working among the redwoods in California.  Photographed by Swedish photographer A.W. Ericson at the time when tree logging was at its peak – to exploit the natural resources for a rapidly developing nation.  The image calls to mind not only the monumental presence of these magnificent trees but also the sheer determination and hard manual labour required to extract them.   In contrast to today with machinery not only enabling felling to be significantly more productive, it also distances us from the act and does that matter.  Presuming that the machines have also engendered higher safety measures and therefore fewer accidents, have they also brought avarice and plunder of our forests?

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