Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Trees as crops
I guess it is pretty hard for some people to think of the trees in a forest as a crop to be harvested. There is no doubt that a fresh clear-cut, or even one that is 10 years old may not be what we think of as a beautiful sight. But neither is a freshly harvested field of grain. The difference is that the grain is replanted in the spring and is full grown and “beautiful” in a few months whereas the forest will not be ready to harvest again for about 80 years.
Not all forests should be harvested any more than all grasslands should be plowed under and turned into grain fields. But we do need to stop complaining about every tree that gets cut and realize that our houses and many commercial businesses are built of wood that was “harvested” from a forest somewhere. What would we live and work in if no trees had ever been cut? Where would paper and all the other wood based products come from?
Learn to view the harvest patterns on the hillside as a beautiful crop that will provide jobs and products for the generations to come.