America's Nonfederal Forests

Larry Caldwell larryc at
Thu Jan 29 13:24:30 EST 1998

In article <34ce4279.1438770 at>,
wolfbat359 at (Donald L Ferry) wrote:

> I see!  If they are tree farms how do they contribute significantly to
> the environment?

A number of ways.  

A regular harvest cycle creates forest edge environments where most 
wildlife lives.  

Selection of seedling stock reverses the decline in genetic fitness of 
trees caused by selective harvesting of wild stocks.

Farms can produce a steady supply of fiber, taking the harvest pressure off
of legacy timber supplies.  

Farms can be established in areas suitable for repetitive timber harvest, 
allowing permanent layout of skid trails and roads.

Of course, all the benefits of air and water purification are the same
as for a wild forest.  A tree doesn't care where it is growing.

-- larry

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