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Throughout the book The Last Stand David Harris the author illustrates the drastic changes Pacific Lumber Company began to undergo as management changed The old PL was very successful due to the principles they practiced and the way they handled their company affairs The old PL followed two basic principals selective cut and sustainable yield that allowed them not to run out of resources yearly Charles Hurwitzs takeover of Pacific Lumber led to a new era with production and profit increase but such an increase would cost Humboldt city their ecosystem Selective cut and Sustainable yield were the base of Pacific Lumber before the take over by Hurwitz Selective cut was adopted by PL after years filled with problems such as mudslides Mud slides caused minerals to be stripped off the land This caused trees to stop growing which became a problem for lumbermen Hurtwitz points out Redwoods which normally regenerate from their own stumps had died out deprived of the soil they needed to sustain themselves and been replace by older and other junk tress worthless to lumbermen p17 Once Albert Murphy became chief executive he changed the company policy to selective cut which meant PL could only cut trees of a certain age or height those who did not meet regulations were left to mature Basically PL would be given a maximum amount of trees it would be allowed to cut When harvesting PL cut a maximum of 70 of the nature trees in a stand leaving the younger most vigorous redwood to hold the hillside and seed a new generation p17 This allowed maturation treesSustainable yield was the second policy Albert Murphy enforced While competing Lumber Company cut themselves out of existence PL would have more then enough resources This policy consisted of an annual cut limit that would never exceed its new growth These two policies were very beneficial for PL this allowed the Company to expand its timberlands rather
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