NewsBeat: As Forests Face an Uncertain Future, Luthiers Strive for Sustainability

From Strings magazine (

Howard Thronson seems like an even-tempered guy. But his voice takes on a certain edge when he starts talking about timber poaching in the forests of Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula, where he began his career as a state forester more than three decades ago. “That’s where the midnight thieves go to cut the older maples,” says Thronson, now region operations manager for the state’s Department of Natural Resources. “They fell the trees and gut them out. They just take out the middle of the tree and leave the rest laying there, like someone poaching an elk takes the head and leaves the rest to rot.”

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I'm a novice fiddler and mandolinist. I've played the guitar for many years and also play the recorder, fife, flute, and, more recently, tin whistle. I work in the communications field and, in addition to music, I enjoy photography, writing, gardening, golf and travel.
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