Not many people realize that the harvesting of wood plays such a functional role in everyday life. We buy the goods and decorate our homes and lives, but we fail to realize how they got there. The logging industry offers many advantages to everyday consumers and the surrounding environment, so let’s look at a few that hold the most weight.
Provides Healthy Trees With Additional Nutrients
Younger trees require adequate nutrition to grow into mature, logging trees. So, when the logging industry removes elderly trees or trees with poor roots, the younger, surrounding trees can retain the additional nutrients.
The removal of these other trees opens the canopy ratios and allows extra sunlight to pass through to the young trees. In addition to the sunlight, the competition for real estate decreases and enables trees to grow and take up space where they deem necessary.
Creates a Safer Forest Overall
Any time there is an opportunity to remove an elderly tree, the forest is safer overall. These elderly trees increase the likelihood of someone getting injured or other wildlife experiencing damage.
A strong storm or breeze can hit these older trees the wrong way with the right gust, and this puts them at risk of falling. Depending on exactly how old the tree is, it may be staggering in height and could take out everything in its descent.
Makes the Environment Healthier for Other Trees
Through a deliberate removal process, the overall environment for other trees and species can become healthier. Sometimes, old trees or mature trees can create and spread certain bacteria and fungi that can inhibit the healthy growth of other things. By determining the culprits and selecting these trees for harvest, you can eliminate the spread of any harmful environmental debris.
Creates Convenience for Consumers
The logging industry has experienced a lot of change over the years, but one thing that remains relatively the same is how it benefits the consumer. Many of today’s homes require the use of structurally sound hardwood for things like decking and framing. The logging industry can match these rapidly growing demands.
The advantages of the logging industry are often blurred when people begin discussing climate change efforts. But it’s essential to understand the balance of the two and how harvesting wood can contribute to a healthier environment for trees to thrive.