Lumbermen and all workers in wood, like agriculturists and the miners and manufactures of the metals, are the world’s real benefactors. They contribute more to the world’s wealth than the followers of any other pursuit. The products they utilize are nature’s gifts, whether it is the food men subsist upon or the clothes they wear, the tools they work with or the houses they dwell in. The produce of their labor is clear gain, and all the occupations are dependent upon them. There are no more useful members of the community than the men who fell the forest trees and fashion the wood into articles of utility.
It is through the labour of these workers who contribute most and are renumerated least that we find the Achilles’ heel of civilization. It is also in these challenging times that we must heed the call to sustainably renew our primary and secondary resource industries and the social benefits derived there from, lest we become too complacent at our peril.