loggers who claim to speak for the trees.
The axe is 50% wood - it's one of us
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Little known fact: Loggers plant more trees than they cut ... in North America, anyway. Doing otherwise is destroying your own income, and the height of stupidity. Each year, far more trees are planted than are harvested. Seems that wood is a renewable resource, regardless of what you might have heard from the greenaholic wingnuts.
 Sorry, "forest product companies".
It didn't look at all like that when I was driving round the Olympic Peninsula in the early '90s. Just vast areas with 2-3 metre high stumps where big trees had been lopped off and carted away with little concern for making use of as much of the wood as possible. What regrowth was visible was obviously natural regrowth and owed nothing to any sort of planned replanting.
That was then, this is now. Oly was a last hold-out of old-school logging practices, which you probably know (not being disingenuous, are you?). For an insider's look at that particular situation, see this page. Note the aerial pictures showing the regrowth in a mere 30 years or so. The forests are a lot more resilient than people are given to believe.
You often won't see the intentionally planted seedlings on casual inspection, but trust me, they are usually there ... although the forest is pretty good about starting seedlings all by itself when sunlight manages to hit the ground. Sometimes a good fire helps (if you don't believe me, take a tour of the burn zones from a couple years ago here in Northern California).
Those stumps are left for all kinds of reasons. Usually it's a combination of being on a hill (the stump looks taller from the down-hill side), and the bell or flair at the bottom making for a pain in the butt hauling it out of the woods, and at the sawmill (for irregular size and sap reasons, and occasional metal embedded down low), so they cut above it. Sometimes we'll cut above a rotted heart.
Loggers replanting trees is the equivalent of stripping a birthday cake of all icing, candles and decorations to only put the candles back... you just lost 66.67% of the intended state. Of course what happens if when the candles are put back an accidental fire breaks out... compound interest in the wrong direction.
While once just a piff or a beatnik idea, it might finally be true that if you own a rug, you own too much. Inevitably, that will have to become true at some point, it's just physics.
Nah. Loggers replanting trees is the same as any other farmer ensuring a new crop. It's nothing new, country folks used to plant new trees every year to replace those lost to firewood, it only stands to reason. Also see coppicing, which Redwood trees are rather good at naturally ... and why do you think self-cut Xmas tree farms ask you to leave a lower branch? That branch becomes another tree bye and bye.
Our wood has to come from somewhere though, so better to keep on taking it from a well managed farm than continually levelling virgin woodland
Driving through New Zealand's Tarawera region was a real eye-opener for the whole family. Eco-daughter was initially aghast at the site of the tree-stumped 'devastation', but then seeing the different vast areas all in different stages of regrowth was a real up-close education in how these places are managed, long-term.
No, it isn't. Greepeace should stick to sinking boats, and other things that it is good at.
Folks who actually know a thing or two about forestry know the difference between restoration of woodlands and greenwashing. And here in California, eradicating the totally useless eucalyptus weeds is weeding, not logging.
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