I'm with you. I love Norways, and can't understand why some folks here in Massachusetts think they should be eliminated. I'd like to have a T-shirt with the message "I'm Bullish on Norway Spruce". Bet that would turn some heads.
Given the fact that we've lost and are losing so many species here: chestnut, elm, hemlock, most beech due to bark diseases, etc. - and that many forests are being overwhelmed with invasive plants- a nice species like NS should be appreciated. I've never seen NW "escape" so nobody can claim it's invasive.
The state planted many acres of NS several decades ago- and to my knowledge, NEVER bothered to thin them- so those stands were not in great shape- but not in terrible shape either. The state foresters however decided to wipe them out- clearcut them- along with their also unmanaged, planted red pines.
I hiked a lot in those state NS plantations. They were a terrific place for deer in the winter because the crowns were so dense. It was always quite in those stands, also due to the dense foliage. I think the real reason they clearcut them was because at that time, the price for spruce was at record level- and they could bang out a lot of board feet with little effort. It would look good on their annual production report.