Active Forest Management is Healthy for Our Forests
By Clare Doig
April 30, 2015
Forests are dynamic systems that can be managed to provide a sustainable flow of forest products as well as healthy growing trees and enhanced habitat for resident species of fish and game. Social benefits of an actively managed forest include providing an employment base for local communities, opportunities for recreation and subsistence harvest of fish and game, as well as gathering berries, cedar bark, mushrooms, and spruce roots; thereby contributing to the general quality of life for rural residents.
Management of forests in Southeast Alaska or anywhere in Alaska for that matter, is based on the principle of sustainability and maintenance of environmental quality. These principles are embodied in the forest management planning process as well as in the regulations that govern timber harvest and management of the regenerated forest.
Our society has a desire for wildlife enhancement, improvement of watershed quality and areas to recreate, but our society also has a need for wood products. Therefore, active forest management, such as the Big Thorne Timber Sale, helps to balance the forest’s social and economic values.
About: "Mr. Doig, a Certified Forester, was born and raised in Sitka, Alaska and has worked as a professional forester in Alaska for most of his career."
Received April 28, 2015 - Published April 30, 2015
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