You posted: " It's just way of driving their liberal initiatives "
What an astoundingly ignorant thing to post.
You posted: ". Does anyone realize that these forests are being managed by the companies that provide the fibers (trees) to the paper/tissue/lumber manufacturers? "
Not all of them. Many of the virgin forests are being cut down and sent to Japan who have used much of their resources all ready. These old growth lumber are being used for the most mundane things .
You posted: "If it weren't for the reforestation efforts of these companies, these forests would probably not prosper in the future due to neglect and overgrowth"
Criminy .... is there even one subject that you can speak to knowledgeably???????????????????
Let's take an example you might be able to understand. Reforestation is the equivalent of replacing a Ferrari with a moped. Both will get you from point a to point b, but the moped is definitely not the more valuable resource.
Old growth forests are habitats. They allow a wide range of biodiversity. They allow #### storage. they provide enormous strength to the soil and permit development of a wide range of speciation.
Reforestation plants quick growing junk trees that provide nothing of the above but allow the company to harvest every few years. they provide no habitat. they provide no root depth to hold soil in place. They provide almost no #### storage.