The Importance of Sustainable Foresting
Date October 05, 2023
Sustainable forestry is the practice of maintaining a forest while preserving its natural biodiversity and ecological functions. For example, sustainable forestry aims to conserve native species and allows diverse sets of plants to thrive together in their natural environments. At TreeNewal, we always complete our services with sustainability in mind, and we’re committed to the cause of sustainable foresting and its benefits. Here’s more information about the importance of sustainable foresting, with a closer look at some of its key benefits.
Identify Protected Areas
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One of the most important goals sustainable foresting achieves is establishing protected areas within a forest. This can involve forest managers creating guidelines and regulations for actions in the area, such as using chemical pesticides, swimming in waterways, and logging. By identifying areas with valuable native species and precious biodiversity, experts can help the public contribute to sustainable foresting by educating them about how to behave in these spaces to conserve their beauty and well-being.
Preserve Biodiversity in Forests
Biodiversity refers to the variety of plant species, animals, water, and soil in one area. Since forests can contain a variety of plant and animal species, with many containing waterways such as streams or rivers, it’s essential to think about biodiversity when maintaining a forest. By preserving natural animal habitats and refraining from removing trees that are central to a forest’s ecosystem, foresters can protect biodiversity and facilitate the growth of happy, healthy trees.
Maintain High Conservation Value Forests
A high conservation value forest is an area of forest with high levels of essential biodiversity or one that provides significant elements of survival to surrounding communities. Many HCVFs also include species of animals and plants that are endangered. Because of this, it’s crucial to be mindful of protecting these areas when maintaining a forest. In fact, many HCVF areas are protected by laws that prevent industrial activities or deforestation. These rules help to increase sustainable foresting by protecting vulnerable areas from development that can cause irreversible damage.
Reduce Forest Conversion
Another important factor of sustainable foresting is that it aims to reduce forest conversion. This is the practice of clearing forest areas by removing trees, other plants, and wildlife to make room for industrial or agricultural activity. Deforestation by forest conversion can threaten biodiversity and ecological sustainability, so foresters who use sustainable practices work hard to avoid it.
For example, some areas implement regulations that ban companies and private property owners from purchasing and destroying forests. This helps to conserve the wildlife that lives there and ensures the forest can continue developing naturally and providing all the benefits it typically offers, such as clean water and air.
TreeNewal Is Committed to Sustainable Foresting
These are just a few of the reasons sustainable foresting is more important than ever before. TreeNewal is committed to promoting and implementing sustainable foresting, and our certified arborists always take the utmost care when evaluating and preserving a tree’s health. If you want to learn more about sustainable foresting or all of our outstanding tree care services, reach out for an ISA Certified Arborist consultation, and we’ll ensure you get the help you need.