Farmed wood is an example of socially responsible forestry. Another way we can minimize our impact on the environment while still taking advantage of useful and essential natural materials such as hardwood lumber include utilizing found wood that’s been recycled, for example, from abandoned buildings. We can also make sure no natural resource goes to waste by uprooting the stumps of wild trees.
But recycled and found wood is in limited supply. To meet our society’s demand for lumber, we need to cut down forests’ worth of fully-grown trees.
Tree farms give us an eco-friendly way to meet our supply needs because they save natural forests from being razed and left that way. When traditional foresters cut down wild forests, rarely do they take the time, effort, or the financial burden upon themselves to repopulate the area with new plants.
At a tree farm, on the other hand, lumber that has been harvested is replanted so that, eventually, the replanted section of land will be harvested, too, and the cycle will repeat. This preserves wild forests, leaving them undisrupted for animal and other plant species.
Tree farms turn forests into a renewable natural resource, instead of a limited one that cannot sustain our demand for lumber at the current rate of consumption. They produce trees at a high-yield, short-turnaround rate for maximum efficiency — a process that also positively impacts our collective carbon footprint!
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