What was the last timber product you bought or used? Timber has been one of the popular materials in furniture and other products. Thus, opting for sustainably-grown timber can lead to better quality products. In addition, it also supports our fight against climate change. Wondering how’s that possible? Let’s explore.
Timber Plantations and Climate Change
Sustainable forest management emerged as an approach to a better environment with the regulation of healthy practices. Among various trees and plantations, timber is one of those that help create the environmental balance. Timber trees serve as storage homes for carbon, which they use for making fibres and cells. Since the presence of carbon causes global warming, timber plantations can help reduce the carbon footprint for a healthier environment.
When humans and animals breathe, they exhale carbon dioxide. Trees, on the other hand, inhale this carbon and release oxygen for other organisms to breathe. The process through which timber reduces carbon in the environment is referred to as “sequestering.”
What Happens When Timber is Harvested?
You might be wondering if timber is that good in reducing carbon footprint, why should we cut them? It’s because every tree has a specific lifespan and timber is cut when its capacity to convert carbon to oxygen reduces. Not only this but the cut timber is replaced with a new one to maintain the balance. Thus, we get the required, quality raw material while fighting climate change.
If you are willing to start a native forest with timber plantations, you should get a forest risk assessment first to ensure you aren’t causing another damage.