How Sustainable Forestry Can Help Consumers and The Planet
History has shown the human race to have been less than responsible regarding the sustainable management of our forests.
In fairness to our forebearers, they needed timber for every part of their lives and had not yet learned the science of sustainable forestry. Over the past 200 years, we as a society have come to understand the value of making sure that our forest resources are available for many generations to come.
As a consumer, you can do your part to help the health of the planet by using wood products in your built environments and taking comfort in its sustainability by looking for the FSC, SFI and PEFC logos. Remember that the ratio of harvest versus replanting is currently two to one. In well managed forests, every tree harvested is replaced by two. At that rate, even with some natural tree mortality, this ratio represents a model of sustainability for many generations into the future.
Criswell Davis is a leading expert in American hardwoods and is president at Mighty Oaks Consulting. Criswell is currently delivering our CEU training programme - which he also helped to develop - to architects across North America.