Planting The Future: Forest Conservation Initiative Takes Root

Sustainable land stewardship would help prevent clearcutting and bring economic growth to depressed regions. Photo by Debra Atlas

Sustainable land stewardship would help prevent clearcutting and bring economic growth to depressed regions. Photo by Debra Atlas

Our forests are under siege. Climate change, drought, insect infestations and wildfires are devastating what’s left of our old and second growth forests.

Some consider clearcutting a viable forestry management option.

With clearcutting, every tree is removed, regardless of size, from an area. This can create environmental hazards including land degradation and destruction of local rivers and streams. Lost tree shade means increased water temperatures, which can devastate native fish, plants and amphibians. Without trees, water won’t fill the aquifers, becoming runoff. Heavy rain washes topsoil away, its nutrients carried out to sea where they may harm marinelife.

There’s a growing need for stewardship and better land management practices.

To learn more about an innovative land management program with real potential to revitalize economically depressed areas, click here.

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