Sustainable Forestry

Sustainable Forestry – Strategies for replenishment

Sustainable forestry is about protecting the future of our biosphere, making sure we have air to breath, and clean water to drink. But it is also about making a global economy sustain its needs for wood in the present as well as the future by adopting strategies that promote replenishment, jobs and a healthier greener environment, offering more forest space for biodiversity. At the current rate of consumption, for paper and wood, forests are being cut faster than they are being planted, making forests into a decadent resource that should be replenished. Forests are an ecosystem, and as such they play an essential role in how the world we live in, the wildlife habitat that occupies any given forest must also be given incentive for that delicate balance to succeed. Water is another crucial element that helps a forest thrive and gives life to all the living things on earth. Sustainable forestry is about ensuring the future of our forests, enhancing our wildlife habitat, and protecting water.

Short term orientated goals that revolve around limited resources are something that in the electronic fiber optic internet world, we tend to live with… At least until something critical and disastrous happens and there is nothing else we can do but acknowledge the problem. Sustainable forestry concerns itself with the way we manage our forests in the here and now, so that 60 years from now, there will be more trees to cut than there are now. That is a difficult task, especially because it deals with long term goals. Old growth trees for example take anywhere from 700 to 2000 years to grow and if we plant only after they have been cut down, we will still have to wait far too long to see any kind of return on our investment economically. However, the situation is more than just economical. Old growth forests are a part of our ecodiversity and help keep the balance between forces in mother nature. Sustainable forestry keeps the balance between those forces.

Animals like the Pacific North West spotted owl (late 1980’s) that seem to be going into extinction eventually either adapt (as did the spotted owl), or they die. In the case of death, the biodiversity becomes a tragic loss. Tragic because without sustainable forestry, we cannot continue our way of life on this planet, nor can the creatures who live in the forest. Wildlife is a part of the sensitive structure that envelops our planet, and the more consumers become aware of this dilemma, the more consumption will be regulated by the consumers themselves as we move into a new era, where it is considered fashionable to be ecologically correct when buying.

Sustainable forestry also develops strategies to help plant forests that can grow naturally and healthy with the proper balance of wildlife by using insecticides that are ecologically correct and keep the water clean. One of the hazardous things an individual can do to a forest is poison the waterways with insecticides that are not made up of the ecosystem itself. Sustainable forestry practices a biologically sound method to achieve the same goals as forest owners who use unsafe methods, but sustainable forestry in doing so is protecting the environment from water pollution that kills wildlife, and creates imbalances in the forest.

To keep the future of our forests secure and enhance the wildlife habitat through increasing biodiversity and protecting life giving natural sources of water, sustainable forestry helps create strategies that protect both the economical needs of the global market now as well as the needs of our future generations on this planet.


Posted in Sustainable by admin on May 14, 2006.

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