July 9, 2010
Image courtesy of Andrew J. Boone
Logging is a healthy thing for a forest, when it’s properly regulated. But, logging operations that work outside the boundaries of environmental regulations are causing harm to many forests.
Logging Gets a Bad Rap
Logging is a necessary part of keeping a forest healthy. Thinning out a forest increases the growth rate of trees by removing competition for sunlight and nutrients. It also increases the nutrition available for the remaining trees by allowing more undergrowth to grow and go through the life and death cycle that replenishes the nutrients in the soil.
However, good logging, too often, gets caught up in the whirlwind of illegal logging practices. Images of forests stripped bare too often characterize the logging industry in general, when, in reality, a beautiful, lush forest is a proper picture of legitimate logging. (more…)