A threatened Economy
The Hardwood Economy Wood crafts are a long-time tradition in the Appalachians, with skills handed down through the generations. In recent years, such artistic work has become a stable source of income and employment in small factories and shops in the mountain towns. In addition, the hardwoods of the region are the primary source for the giant furniture and wood fabrication factories located adjacent to the mountains in North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, and elsewhere that depend on the arboreal cornucopia provided by the mountains. Thus air pollution and tree clearing for mining and chipping mills will increasingly affect the hardwood manufacturing and craft economy. For example, the largest fab-ricator of stairway parts in the United States has found that it can no longer count on a steady supply of beechwood, the best wood for its products, in view of the widespread decline of this tree throughout the Appalachians. (An Appalachian Tragedy.Page 139)
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