Ken Manno Basically sustainable forestry is
conserving the forest resource, not just talking timber, it is wildlife,
air quality and water quality, it is all encompassing. Essentially
what we are trying to do is ensure that future generations will have
the same opportunities that we are experiencing because of this forest
Henry If you were looking at this site and it was not being
managed from a sustainable site the majority of the trees you see
over fourteen inches would have been harvested and what would be left
would be the trees from 4-12" in diameter, low value, minor species,
poorly formed, no wildlife considerations, probably would not be seeded
in any shape or form and the sustainability of the site would be severely
compromised in terms of reproduction because you are removing the
best seed sources...
Manno One of the areas that BMP's benefits is much more
long term oriented. An example would be a landowner to think in terms
of getting as much money off of this harvest as I can. They will take
this approach, getting a few more dollars now and really what they
are doing in some cases is sacrificing multiple harvests down the
they take the good quality stuff off and it sets the stand
up for poor quality.
Henry The sustainable forestry practices here are designed
to evaluate the soils, look at the trees protect what needs to be
protected and harvest the site that could be harvested and have a
potential for reproduction. Obviously with sustainable forestry we
want to ensure that what we are doing is sustainable that is we are
not losing something, at least maintaining or improving some component
of the forest.
Finley Associate Professor PSU School of Forest Resources
We estimate there are over 5,000 products that come from the forest
and so each one of us in our daily lives takes from the forest. We
take something. Very few of the things you deal with on a daily basis
aren't linked to the forest...
Henry Dave gives an overview of the logging history in
Pennsylvania and how it affected the trees we have today as well as
the threats to our forests today.