PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Professional timberman Myless Hooper
believes that sustainable logging is crucial for protecting the environment. Many logging companies, according to Hooper, offer replanting services that charge per acre. This, however, is only one way to protect natural water sources.
According to a recent article
on Live Science, two-thirds of the United States' drinking water originates in forests. Watersheds, or areas that have freshwater streams and springs, are important to protect in order to secure long-term water sources and reduce consumer costs. Recently, the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities began the Sustainable Forestry Initiative that hopes to endorse forest landowners who take care of privately-owned watersheds. By combing the efforts of landowners, water utilities, and timber companies, the interests of the planet are better off.
"Cutting down trees often has negative connotations," Myless Hooper says. "However, replanting forests has a lot of benefits in a society that requires paper products to operate. Protecting watersheds is another important reason to practice sustainable forestry."
The endowment hopes to protect drinking water on private land. There are many benefits of maintaining private forests, according to the article. For one, these areas are federally taxed and provide habitats for wildlife, recreation, and offer a renewable source for wood and paper products. In North Carolina, a recent watershed protection bill charges one cent per 100 gallons used through water bills. For the homeowner, this adds up to only a few dollars a month but provides more than $1.7 million a year for environmental agencies who focus on protecting watersheds.
"The point of these endorsements is to keep forests as forests while protecting our country's water supply," timber expert Myless Hooper says. "Sustainable forestry is getting better all the time as logging equipment and replanting strategies are being innovated."
According to Hooper, sustainable forestry depends on the location and type of a forest. Agencies often judge a timber company's environmentally-friendly approach based on several criteria, including biological diversity, increased re-harvesting potential, resource protection, and forest vitality. It is important for the environmentally-minded consumer to understand that trees are only one aspect of an entire ecosystem. An area's water and living resources are just as important.
Typically, for every tree that is cut down a new tree is planted. Many timber companies grow seedlings for a year that are then transplanted to cleared areas. After a decade, thin, unhealthy trees are again cleared in order for other trees to grow to maturity. The entire process takes anywhere between 20 and 30 years and requires forward-thinking, innovative planters and private land owners.
"The goal of sustainable timbering is to provide future generations with wood and paper products with minimal harm to forest environments," Hooper says. "Non-sustainable techniques usually stem from economical developments where up-and-coming cities would clear areas."
Non-sustainable forestry is under a lot of scrutiny by environmental protection agencies. Forests are regrown, but a building in the way prohibits replanting. Myless Hooper says it is important for people to understand the link between forests, watersheds, and natural habitats.
Professional logger Myless Hooper works with private forest owners. His services include clear cutting and selective cutting, two techniques used depending on the situation. He also offers replanting services that are vital for sustainable forest growth and development.