“Over the past 100 years, half of what was 7.7 million square miles of rain forest has vanished. The problem began in Africa where the colonial nations allowed private companies to harvest timber without any restrictions. When the African people gained independence, they often continued to sell timber because it was one of their most profitable products.
Worldwide, at least 40 percent of the rain forests were lost between 1960 and 1990. For every 25 acres of trees that have been felled, an average of less than one tree has been planted.
The World-Wide Fund for Nature estimates that at least 77,000 square miles of tropical forests fall to the saw and flames every year. The United Nations Development Program says that only a nuclear war could equal the global effects of the destruction of the tropical forests.” -From, “Black Dawn, Bright Day” By: Sun Bear with Wabun Wind