Sustainable Forest Management
Among the richest natural resources that mankind possesses on earth are forests. A healthy forest cover promotes a safe environment. It helps to provide rain and mitigate the risks of global warming. Thus there is absolute need to protect and care for the forest.
But let’s face the facts; today there is higher demand of the products provided by trees hence the forests are endangered as loggers cut the trees for wood and other products like paper. This has devastating counter-effects to the wildlife whereby forests provide a conducive environment for them as well as an indirect effect to mankind as the effects or rising temperatures looms.
Even major forests which house some of the endangered wildlife species like the Amazon forest are not spared from illegal loggers who are swiftly cutting down thousands of trees every day as the demand for the wood increases. We all have a responsibility to care for the forests and several policies need to be imposed to ensure that forests are protected.
Reforestation Can Help Boost the Forest Cover
One of the responsibility of humans is to plant a new tree where an old one has been fallen thus replacing the one cut down. You don’t have to be the one who cut the tree in order to replace it. Most of the deforestation usually happens illegally, thus we all have a collective responsibility or replanting the trees. Illegal loggers won’t have time to do that. It’s our responsibility.
Also a boosting the forest cover can be achieved by enriching the forests. What I’m saying here is that we need to plant new trees, not necessarily because an older one has been fallen. Replanting of new trees can be done in forest areas where there is a clearing or under older trees which may be drying up because of aging.
Controlled Logging Can Help Preserve Older Trees
There are some trees which take hundreds of years to grow and such trees need to be conserved. There isn’t any need to cut down a tree which would require another of its kind some more 200 or more years to mature. In essence, older trees can be preserved so that they can be a source of seeds for future trees.
You also need to realize that older trees especially the big ones play a vital role in holding up soils together as well as storing carbon which could help lower rising temperatures.
By Protecting Forests we to Preserve Wildlife Corridors
Wildlife also need to travel freely through there ecosystem in which case here are the forests. There is need to promote free movement of wildlife as they forage for food by protecting our trees. Wildlife corridors should be a no go-zone for even selective logging because by doing so we will be interfering with the animals and hence endangering them.
Such corridors need to be reforested if illegal cutting of trees has taken place in bid to preserve the wild land. Another best practice which can be used to achieve this would be to support natural growth of trees in such areas by limiting access to such areas if trees have been fallen.
Sensitizing Public about benefits of Forests Can Help in conserving them
To achieve all this, there is need for various conservation groups as well as government to sensitize humans about the benefits of sustainable forests management and how it can be achieved. Humans love the environment and positive education can help them be at a position of protecting the forests cover.
There is also need to promote ecotourism, which will enable habitats of a place see the benefits of forest and the need to care for the trees. Forested areas need to be well protected and human encroachment discouraged in these areas.