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If you’re concerned about the environment, you’ve probably thought about sustainable timber harvesting. But what do the advantages of sustainable forestry really mean for you? While it’s true that harvesting timber can have negative impacts on the environment through deforestation, logging roads, and pollution, there are plenty of ways to harvest timber in a sustainable manner. In this post, we will look at some of the green benefits that come with timber harvesting.
Sustainable harvesting of the forest is known to promote faster and more effective regeneration. Since mature forests do have established and continuous canopy, they do hinder the growth of the understory trees. Fortunately, with sustainable logging, you enable the smaller trees and vegetation to get access to sunlight and nutrients. This encourages the regrowth of a healthy forest. This is particularly helpful if you grow trees with different growth rates.
When trees are cut down, they provide an opportunity for the regeneration of other woodland plants and animals. These include birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians that can become a source of food for many species in the future. More importantly, downed tree brush piles, branches, and canopies do provide protection and cover to several small animals.
Timber harvesting through selective logging can maximize the amount of tree growth in an area and make the wood more suitable for a variety of uses. This type of harvesting involves cutting only one kind of tree for an entire section of the forest rather than removing every tree that is in the area. This practice helps remove trees that are unhealthy, overmatured, poorly formed, or diseased. As a result, you will end up with better-quality timber.
By leaving some trees standing through selective harvesting, a company can come back and harvest them at a later time. Because selective harvesting will encourage the regeneration of the understory, this will ensure you have a reliable source of timber. The trees will eventually grow into big harvestable trees and provide you with a continuous additional income in the future.
Sustainable timber harvesting is a must for people who are concerned about the environment and want to get more out of their investments. By using sustainable logging practices, you can create an investment that will provide you with income and enjoyment in the future.
Author: Brooke Chaplan
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