Disease is killing hundreds if not thousands of Red Oaks and once the die they are worthless for lumber and dangerous left standing. White Pines are also being attacked and dying, so cutting them down before they will be worthless makes more sense. Clear cutting provides much for the wildlife, in a few years deer, partridge, turkeys, bobcats will all agree with me. Yes you wont be able to see them from the road, but they will be in there. Even healthy trees come to a point where they are ready to be cut down and used for lumber.