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Kat Dierickx | 07.17.2015

There are often two camps when it comes to habitat restoration: get involved, or leave it alone. Many argue against intervention when it comes to the environment, and some programs may be criticized for being unnecessary or even destructive. There are, however, a number of benefits to responsibly altering a landscape in an effort to aid in its recovery process. 

Bringing Back the Light, a video from the Central Westcoast Forestry Society, explains the practice, the methods, and the need for habitat restoration in British Columbia's temperate rainforests. 

What's your take on the matter?


Here in the Tahoe National forest, it's great to see accelerated rehab work being done. For too many years forests have been replanted with only one tree species, creating insect infestations and fire control issues. Multiple species replanting on fire scars is becoming more accepted, and forest thinning practices are becoming cost effective for logging companies. Only by working hand in hand with forest products companies, offering financial incentives, will we be able to make our forests healthy and keep them that way. I live in a tiny town whose history is in logging, and more small operations are returning. These small companies are the future, for they care more for the forest than the multinationals that clear cut thru the 1980s, and we need people who know the forest to help it survive. After watching the forest here burn every year, it's time to be aggressive in cleaning our forests, because it's cheaper than fighting an out of control wildland fire, it employs people with living wage jobs, and less smoke from fires will help with global warming. Let's keep people working and help the environment!
Wow, that was a fascinating look into the ecological differences between old growth and second growth forests. I wonder if replanting techniques are changing to accelerate repopulation.
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