Dale Hodgins wrote:In British Columbia, it is common for new purchasers of land, to immediately log it. Often, the plan is to pay off purchase debt. This sometimes leads to trees being harvested decades before they have reached suitable size to be good saw logs. I've seen top quality Douglas fir cut when only a foot in diameter. A large portion goes as pulp.
Although there are many improvements that could be made to government managed lands, extremely short sighted decisions are rampant on private land. Often, those decisions are made by people who are new to land development and logging.
Most of our forest is publicly owned. I want it to stay that way. Government land that is logged, is almost always returned to forest. Private land that is cleared, is often put to other uses.
Tyler Ludens wrote:I think there is almost no limit to the number of jobs which could be created in a permaculture forest. Timber, food, craft materials, hiking, camping, etc etc. Literally almost no limit, in my opinion.
Tyler Ludens wrote:It seems to me one could manage a portion of the forest for the quick and easy timber sale, given enough land, and on another portion engage in multiple enterprises. So, to me, one does not have to choose one or the other. The newly- harvested portions could either be replanted with timber, or perhaps better, replanted with species for a permaculture yield (which could include some timber). This way, at least for an initial period of years, timber sales could finance the start-up of permaculture enterprises.
Wesley johnsen wrote:what would create the most amount of jobs in the forest industry? such as every forester owning 500 acres or foresters employed by the government? i think its only fair for people to own the tree farms just like farmers get to own their own crop and sell it as long as it is sustainable and their not hogging land. would there be more forestry jobs and forest related jobs if every forester owned their own 500 acre tree farm? they can share some of the property with the public to like say a hiking trail runs through the property like a trail easement. there could be special firewood and timber cooperatives to to get the wood products out to the market.