The thing about logging


Logging as practiced by Americans and Canadians in places like New England and the Pacific Northwest is done right.  The trees they currently harvest were planted by loggers fifty to a hundred years ago and they will plants new trees after they cut old ones down.

I don’t think cutting down boreal forest is acceptable anymore.  Old growth forest ecosystems are not adapted to periodic harvest and are destroyed. With little regulations, no new trees are planted and the land can turn to desert.

Trees that are several hundred years old are giant carbon capture machines and we are using them as toilet paper.


9 Responses

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  2. I don’t too much about the logging industry, but something that has confused mefor a while, and maybe you can shed some light on the situation. I have been in favor of tree farms, where a plot of land is designated for logging purposes. however, if a tree takes 30 years to grow, how can supply of wood keep of with demand if we have to wait fr trees to grow?

  3. I don’t know that planting trees and waiting for them to grow would be a great idea but the rotating tree crop method seems to work well in some places.
    The pacific northwest is like a big tree incubator and luckily for the logging industry lumberjacks have been planting replacement trees since they were using axes to cut the old growth down

    There is also a logging season like with fishing or hunting.

  4. ahhh, that makes a lot of sense. So I guess the real issue then is with more exotic woods like ebony, how do replace them after theyre cut, when it takes so long for them to grow to size i suppose

  5. min gammel farfar var i usa och sågade ner red wood trä
    från Gotland sverige

    • Douglas Fir. I have a piece on my desk 4cm x 2cm x 1cm and represents about 4cm of tree diameter. It has ten growth rings. Ten years. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, great grandson of a Swedish cobbler, who also made violins, but not out of fir of course. I hold this piece of wood as a carpenter, and contemplate the effect on our well being, the uses, art, commercial paper, shelter; from the earliest humans to the present day. The well being of future generations of great grandchildren depends on our ability to establish limits of consumption in balance with the environment.
      As old as this piece is, it still has the scent of Fir.

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