Timber harvesting is not land clearing

Unfortunately, misinformation leading to misreporting is something we see all too regularly in the forest and wood products industry. Much of what we read and see about our industry stems from a lack of awareness.

Recently, criticism of the forest and wood products industry has been around harvesting and land clearing, and confusing one with the other.

Let’s set the record straight up front: Land clearing is the direct removal of vegetation cover from forested areas, in order to allow the land to be used for other purposes. Timber harvesting is sustainable removal of trees, where they are replaced by another tree, either naturally grown or planted. Sustainable forest management ensures that there is no ecological damage to other species and the forest maintains its biodiversity, its climate and water cycles.

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