Wood as a Resource
Each year, the average person uses products that are the equivalent to one, 100-foot tall tree, 18-inches in diameter.
Common wood products used in our homes everyday include;
books, paper, pencils, nail polish, cleaning products, toothpaste, flooring, cabinets, doors and windows, to name a few!
Sustainably managing our forests ensures that these products will be available for future generations.
Woody biomass from forestry operations is used as a form of fuel for renewable energy. Biomass power plants burn wood byproducts in a controlled boiler to produce steam. The steam drives a turbine to make electricity. This process reduces emissions by 98 percent when compared with burning woody mass outside.
Reforestation is essential to managing our forests sustainably. Today’s foresters plant five trees for every one that is harvested. In fact, in California, we grow many more trees than are harvested.
Foresters want to see trees grow successfully and some foresters specialize in reforestation. They learn about what trees species like certain soil types and which seedlings will thrive in different conditions. A lot of thought and hard work goes into replanting forest, and success rates for reforestation are about 90 percent. This insures that we will have wood for wildlife habitat, recreation and production now and for future generations.