Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sustainable Logging by Matthew Rich

Warner Pacific College
Sustainable Logging

Sustainable development occurs where three sets of goals overlap: social, economic, and environmental goals. Development is a key word in that statement. In our everyday life, it involves making purposeful changes intended to improve the quality of life. Building things such as homes, schools, hospitals, power plants, factories, and transportation networks are examples of development. The United Nations defines sustainable development as “meets the needs of the present without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Withgott & Laposata, 2014). Now let us see how logging in Oregon is deemed sustainable with the future generations in mind.
The Tillamook Burn that started in 1933 and when it ended had burned in total 355,000 acres (Wikipedia, 2014). Protecting our forests can start by removing (or harvesting) them. “Management by experienced forest professionals not only decreases tragic losses to unwanted wildfire and forest health decline, but professional management supports the balance sought by Oregonians today and future generations” (Loggers, 2014). Forest protection laws help ensure that all Oregon forests operate under a common set of guidelines and practices to help assure that forestlands are sustained in a forested condition for future generations…” (Loggers, 2014).
Setting our future generations up for success by protective laws. “Effective Oregon and federal forest policies must foster landowner stewardship, business profit, and community prosperity, so we can have the three components of forest sustainability: 1) healthy forest ecosystems; 2) a thriving forest sector economy; and 3) a self-sufficient rural society and ample forest recreation” (Loggers, 2014). About 40 million trees are planted in Oregon’s forests alone.
Burning is another way to keep a forest healthy. Getting rid of all of the debris or overgrown vegetation can prevent a large scale forest fire. “Forest burning operations require a permit, written plan, reporting, and prior ignition approval from the Oregon Dept. of Forestry” (Loggers, 2014).
“Oregon's forest sector still provides family-wage employment for over 76,000 Oregonians - nearly 5.3% of all jobs, and $5.2 billion in total income” (Loggers, 2014). “In Oregon, it’s estimated that only 8% percent of Oregon’s forestland has been converted to non-forest use since 1630, while population increased tenfold” (Loggers, 2014).


Loggers, O. (2014, 01 01). Sustainably Forest. Retrieved 07 29, 2014, from Oregon Loggers:
Wikipedia. (2014, 07 03). Tillamook Burn. Retrieved 07 29, 2014, from Wikipedia:
Withgott, J., & Laposata, M. (2014). Environment: The Science Behind the Stories. Glenview, IL: Pearson.

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