SUSTAINABLE forest management refers to environmental preservation and management that is sustainable, socially acceptable, and economically viable. It is the key to maximizing the benefits of tree cutting while keeping the negatives down to a minimum and helps ensure that the well-being of the environment is preserved for future generations.
Cutting down trees has always been viewed negatively by most people because of irresponsible logging, an issue that continues to worsen the problem of deforestation and magnify the effects of climate change. This, in turn, has led to an increasingly propagated negative public perception about cutting trees and the entire wood industry, a large part of which is anchored on misconceptions.
We know that trees sequester carbon dioxide and process it to fuel its growth while releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere as a by-product of photosynthesis. Some believe that the carbon dioxide collected of a tree over its lifespan is released once it is felled. This is not true; a tree will always keep that carbon dioxide even if it is cut down unless it’s allowed to burn or decompose.
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