Introduction to Basic Forestry

Forestry is a particular branch of the study of ecology that is in its most sustainable form designed to be both ecologically stable and of long term benefit to human communities.  The requirement that managed forests in some way benefit the human community links all forestry related activity to the idea of prudent economic thought.  This site will explore how the current economic system and the study of traditional economics has completely ignored the strategic nature of healthy forests, and has left forest owners with no way to pay for those things that they could do to maintain their forest's capabilities while involving the next generation or two in becoming familiar with the many details of all that is involved in effective proactive management

Commercial forestry may or may not subscribe to the issues of sustainability.  This may be due to an inherent outlook by the owner of the commercial enterprise or it may be the outcome of the "normal" business cycle where the forest asset base can not support the debt service and other maintenance costs that all other facets of the short term economy conveniently ignore.  The fact that these businesses while striving for their sustenance may appear to "destroy" existing forests and compete with non-renewable materials designed to do the same function is less a condemnation of them than it is on the whole structure of the human endeavor.  Recent studies that describe how the various parts of modern society interact have shed new light on the sources of this dichotomy and the troubling aspects of it for those who would try to do the right thing.  These questions will be discussed in some detail on various parts of this site.

All involved in forestry, both the commercial and the less competitively structured sustainable version, have the opportunity to try to understand how to do their job better, to educate their clientele to choose more wisely, and to minimize the long term adverse effects of their activity.  Forestry by its very design serves two "masters", the economic and the ecologic.  On the one hand both versions of forestry must survive economically in a system designed to concentrate all human activity in the shortest possible time frame while still being expected to serve long term interests in the human community.  It is a given that each will benefit by making sure that the ecosystem that maintains the forest can continue to do so with as little disruption as possible.  On the other hand (from the ecologic perspective), only sustainable forestry has any long term future.  There is no well understood or accepted means for normal people to make sustainable choices.  A brief discussion of on possible way to resolve this unfortunate situation is provided at the TENETS page.   These TENETS of necessary information and behaviors are built around the idea that people work for / at what they are paid to pay attention to, and one's attention is the strongest force in creating that which will be there in the future.

Alan Page,
Feb 25, 2011, 10:33 PM
Alan Page,
Feb 25, 2011, 10:34 PM