Forest Journal: When a tree is cut in the forest, everything else gets growing
"Forest Journal" columnist Brenda Charpentier learns that it's more fun to plant tomatoes when you know they'll get enough sunlight to thrive. (JON CHARPENTIER)
Then there's the shade. For years, I've wanted more sun. Without it, flowers and vegetables have struggled valiantly, only to end up leggy and leaning together to the southwest as they reach desperately for the afternoon light.
It occurred to me that this conundrum is a little like the one that forest managers deal with on a much larger scale. Sometimes, people unfamiliar with sustainable forestry assume that all logging is detrimental - the opposite of conserving.
The answer is yes, and cutting trees responsibly is a practical way of doing so, especially here in the Northeast.
Landowners who own a lot of land can use the money gained from selling timber to pay their taxes and/or provide enough incentive for them to keep the land intact instead of selling it into development for a profit. (The Forest Society is a landowner, too, and the money gained from selling timber from its properties helps the organization conserve more land.)
"Forest Journal" appears every other week in the New Hampshire Sunday News. Brenda Charpentier is communications manager for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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