I am stuggling with the opening off hand opening comment that "you can almost count the number of spruce trees left" no distinction of what species? white, black, norway, etc?
I spend more than a fair amount of time in the woods and white spruce is far from a rare species and I couldnt count the number per acre alone. How many guitars does Taylor make…? Norway is actually considered an invasive to some degree due to its importation to this country and its characteristics of faster growth. The biggest issue with white spruce is a fungus (cystospora) that occurs as a result of drought. If the spruce are challenged in my area, its not due to over harvesting.
I dont mean to disparage Mr Taylor as I believe he is well intentioned regarding the ebony. But frankly the issue with ebony and other desired species is in line with the same issues faced here in the US back in the late 1800's when the forests were stripped of their oak. Today, that oak is more abundant than ever, as mother nature has a tremendous ability to heal the wounds put upon it. As supply disappears, alternatives will be found.
Lets not all jump to knee jerk reactions and put our emotions ahead of well considered options.
I do wonder if Mr Osorio approached an attorney, or if an attorney sought out Mr Osorio ??. My expectation is the later.
To change this entitlement / nanny state mentality, it will take time, but a good first step going forward is to make sure you never elect another attorney to a political office. Now actually would be a good time to elect accountants and perhaps a few good woodworkers based on the comments I have read here.
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