Natural Tree-Hugger Definition

Typically, those who care about protecting the Earth and its resources have been dismissed as overly emotional and irrational “tree hugs.” When we call someone a “tree hug,” the image evoked in our minds is that of a crisp, natural white hippie wearing a deodorant that literally kisses trees. Thank you for including me in your treehugger post. Interestingly, a normal person of about 5`10″ can hug a tree at chest height and when their fingers touch, the tree has a diameter of about 16 inches. Often, a bad harvest is carried out under the regulation of the “diameter limit”, selective exploitation according to the motto “cut the big ones and let the small ones grow”. Or we don`t take anything below a certain diameter limit. It`s a “high grade” or take the best and leave the rest. It is shameful that an educated forester would promote such a harvest and have the courage to call it forestry. It is common practice among “loggers” to use this superficial reasoning to justify high-grade forests throughout the type of eastern oak hickory forest. It is always a “high rank”. It is a simple matter of money, a high rank is the way to earn the most money with only one entry into each forest. Unfortunately, this is the most common form of harvesting on private forest land.

Historically, 70% of harvesting is done through private agreements between a logger and a landowner, where no forester is involved and often there is no written contract or agreement. Another sad fact is that if it is the history of a place, the academic institutions that train our foresters teach that the silvicultural recipe for correcting this previous bad practice is “even aged” agriculture or clear-cutting. The “science” is to allow the regeneration of shade-intolerant tree species by allowing sunlight to shine over the entire forest area, making the most valuable trees a dominant percentage of the biodiversity that regenerates there. In my 30 years of forestry experience, this is not necessarily what happens when clear-cutting regenerates, and often on the contrary. This older, simplified science does not take into account the presence of more than a hundred invasive botanical plants that can occupy a site and compete with native vegetation that would regenerate a natural forest. All invasive plants depend on disturbance to be introduced and established. Clear-cutting is a major disruption. All this leads to incredible pressure on forests. Printing by the use of diameters limiting selective cuts to self-aging management or bare cutting. Any thought that reduces the forest solely to wood is a look with economical blinders and green-tinted glasses, if you only see money – quickly.

It`s a drive-in mentality or fast food forestry. The “restorative forestry” promoted by the Healing Harvest Forest Foundation is homemade cooking with locally grown ingredients. Getting it right is rarely the easy way out or it`s a matter of convenience or instant gratification. Reducing forests to wood alone reduces overall forest health and productivity. To paraphrase Bobby, “conservation and governance starts with people,” the forest will be fine without us, but we need forests and we have the ability to respond positively when we meet our needs of the natural world. Tree lovers tend to focus particularly on conserving natural and wilderness areas, arguing that these areas should be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations and the use of the animals and plants that inhabit them, although they may also be interested in other environmental causes. Conservation of natural areas is considered an environmentally friendly practice as it promotes carbon sequestration and helps maintain climate stability. Environmentalists point out that preserving forest regions has immediate benefits in addition to long-term benefits, and these benefits may outweigh the use of the forest for wood, intrusive recreation, or development. @gameaddicted – I`m actually a LEED certified designer and there are different aspects to putting on this tree cuddle t-shirt if you know what I mean.

Being LEED certified means you really focus on quality of life and design in terms of the environment. Often, you work with the natural capabilities of the environment to achieve a consistent design. Years ago, I was invited to testify before a state Senate subcommittee on the question, “How can we keep private forested areas?” My simple answer was the practice of restorative forestry, but the underlying and undeniable reasoning was based on a concept that had not yet been presented at the time. If we are able to quantify or evaluate the ecological performance of a natural and healthy forest, we will be able to justify the best possible management that maintains forest forests. Silvicultural practices that improve forest ecological services should be the target of all forest harvesting activities or interventions in all growing mixed and old-growth forests. This would be the best way for humans to age forests as a whole, a living, interdependent system that is worth far more than trees, wood or pulp alone.