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Demonstration Forest

Forests produce a significant percentage of Earth's oxygen supply as well as acting as grand, efficient recyclers of gases like CO2.  Carbon is stored (i.e. carbon sequestration) and pure oxygen released.  As a renewable resource, wood can be grown, cultivated, harvested again and again.  This process actually stimulates diversity and richness in forests, and keeps  the forest healthy and vigorous.  Unnatural old stand forests that are the result of man's attempt to prevent fires and promote preservation are usually stagnant, unhealthy ecosystems with poor diversity.

Foresters use a range of tools and techniques to manage the forest through various stages.  In short, these stages include:

• Site preparation

• Planting

• Stand improvement

• Harvest

Timber Management Soil & Water Management

The type and quality of soils determines the productivity of a particular site.  It is also a key factor in the diversity of species found on a particular site.  Foresters pay close attention to soil so that they can determine:

• Which variety of tree will grow best

• How long the trees will take to reach merchantable size
  (length of rotation)

• How much landowners can afford to invest in forest
  management practices

• Which critical steps are needed to minimize soil
   disturbances and erosion

Every state has voluntarily implemented guidelines to help protect soil and water in forested landscapes.  These are called Best Management Practices (BMPs).

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