" A land ethic changes the role of Homo sapiens from conqueror of the land-community to plain member and citizen of it. It implies respect for his fellow-members, and also respect for the community as such." Aldo Leopold - Forester
Our world forests have never been looked upon with such scrutiny, some would say a scrutiny we can ill afford. We need to cut - we need to preserve; we need to plant - we've planted too much; we should burn - we should never burn; we have a human obligation - we have an ecosystem obligation.
Who is right? Each view is staunchly defended. Each has radically differing agendas. In any event, they all come about as a result of a very real concern for the future of our forests and the resulting effect on the earth.
Let me try to give you a brief introduction to these differing beliefs. I have come to think of these views as the pantheistic, radical environmental, channeled environmental, and traditional environmental points of view.