Logging earns substantially more money than rice farming: $20,000 per tree vs. $5,000 annually
Money earned logging one tree five feet in diameter = $20,000 Money earned from rice farming for an entire year = $5,000 Quote: "Back when he logged, a tree about five feet in diameter was worth $4,000 and took about three days to cut. Today, that same tree would be worth $20,000. He made $5,000 off rice farming in 2012" (page 43).
Source: Jake Abrahamson, "Resuscitating the Rainforest," Sierra Magazine, 98, no. 6 (2013), 43.