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Facts & Figures
As a naturally regenerating building product, wood is one of the most renewable and sustainable construction materials available.*
To manage timber sustainably, timber harvesting requires a responsible forest management plan.† Plans are designed to accomplish different goals, but the key ingredients of a plan include:
Reforestation begins promptly within two years of final harvest or within five years when using planned natural regeneration.
Water quality can be protected when vegetated buffer strips are maintained along streams and other bodies of water and waste disposal is eliminated or controlled.
Wildlife habitat is protected by taking into account all aspects of the forest, including the type, age, and size of the timber, and sources of water.
These plans provide protection for species listed as threatened or endangered by federal, state, or provincial governments to promote regeneration of the species and prevent further decline.
† The USDA Forest Stewardship Program has produced more than 270,000 mutli-resource management plans for more than 31 million acres of nonindustrial forest land under its stewardship. http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/programs/loa/fsp.shtml
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