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WHAT IS A SUSTAINABLE FOREST?
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A sustainable forest is a forest that is carefully
managed so that as trees are felled they are replaced with seedlings that
eventually grow into mature trees. This is a carefully and skilfully
managed system. The forest is a working environment, producing wood
products such as wood pulp for the paper / card industry and wood based
materials for furniture manufacture and the construction industry. Great
care is taken to ensure the safety of wildlife and to preserve the natural
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A typical sustainable forest will contain trees of all ages and often different species of trees. As the trees mature they are felled and the natural wood is processed at saw mills. Felled trees are replaced with seedlings. In this way the forest is constantly renewed.
Sustainable forests are not only productive in terms of
the wood products they provide but also they are regarded as places that
can be exploited by the leisure industry. Sustainable forests add greatly
to the look of the natural environment and consequently attract tourists
such as walkers and hikers.
|1. Use the internet to research the type of
work / careers available for those wanting to work in sustainable forests.
Describe the type of work available.
2. In simple terms - explain the nature of a sustainable forest.
3. In your opinion, why is it important to support sustainable forestry.
4. List regions of the world that produce wood based products through sustainable forests.
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