A student recently asked us, "Wouldn't a paper mill diminish the resources of the area even more?"
This is a good question, and one that requires we pay careful attention to the passage in order to answer. In discussing ghost towns and how to help a town avoid that fate, the author points to economic diversification as a means to promote longevity for a settlement. In the example, the author mentions tourism, but, more importantly for our purposes, there is a discussion of Nederland, Colorado. There, multiple mining booms kept the city afloat (gold, silver, tungsten). This is most similar to answer choice D: "encourage a paper mill to relocate to the town to take advantage of the abundant surrounding forests." While it is true that this paper mill would diminish resources (just as the gold, silver, and tungsten deposits were diminished in Nederland), the economic diversification afforded by the paper mill would allow the town a degree of stability and permanence.
I hope this helps and good luck!
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