Forestry Not Deforestation

Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia), September 26, 2008 | Go to article overview

Forestry Not Deforestation


THE importance of finding ways to reduce green house emissions is recognised by us all and Timber Communities Australia is very proud of the contribution our forest industry is making in meeting this challenge.

The carbon storage benefit gained from forestry is not just restricted to that which is stored in our sustainably managed forests. It extends to the wood and wood-based products that are made from the wood we harvest. The wood we use and rely on every day, be it the timber framing of our family home, our timber furniture, or the treasured collection of books handed down from our grandparents, is playing an important and continuing role in storing carbon.

This massive storage benefit and its contribution to helping the fight against global warming, is confirmed by the United Nations 200 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, from which it reported that, " In the long term, a sustainable forest management strategy aimed at maintaining or increasing forest carbon stocks, while producing an annual sustained yield of timber, fibre or energy from the forest, will generate the largest sustained mitigation benefit." [1] Chapter 9 Page 543

The Australian Greenhouse Office has also confirmed the same important reality as outlined in the above graph from the AGO (2006). …

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