Clear-cut logging of old growth forest

Clear-cut logging of old growth forest

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Credit: KAJ R. SVENSSON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Clear-cut forestry. Tree stumps in a clear-cut area of old growth forest. In the background are hills covered with conifer trees. Clear-cut forestry involves cutting down every tree within a given region, rather than selecting only the largest. Despite its apparent barbarity, this method allows the soil to recover faster, and allows more rapid re-planting of the forest. Carefully planned commercial logging has even increased the total forest cover in the northern hemisphere. However, replanting with single species (monocultures) has led to criticism over lack of concern for ecological diversity. Photographed on Vancouver Island, Canada.

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Keywords: botany, clear-cut, clear-cut forestry, conifer, environment, forestry, land use, logging

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