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Does This Look Like a Logged Forest?

There is a state forest near my home that is absolutely beautiful to hike. You can walk for hours on seemingly endless interconnected trails. Some of them look like pristine natural lands. Others, however, are devastated by mass clear-cuts, with logs sprawling across one another, ugly stumps protruding, and nothing more over your head than thin saplings.

It is this imagery that makes it so important for people to understand sustainable forestry. The picture above is from a forest certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). The foresters are actually walking an active logging trail.

The harvesting methods in this forest — New York’s famed Adirondacks — allow only 15% of any “stand” to be logged under strict conditions at any one time, and each stand can only be revisited every 20 years. The result is a forest that maintains a mix of old and young trees, with lush undergrowth and a vast biological diversity.

It’s a far different from the mental image people have of logged forests (many of which may have been logged for coal, which is entirely different for lumber or other forest products).

Does this picture look like a logged forest to you? If not, I encourage you to read up on sustainable forestry. I hope you’ll be glad you did.

Written by Heidi Tolliver-Walker

Heidi Tolliver-Walker has been a commercial and digital printing industry analyst, feature writer, columnist, editor, and author for nearly 20 years. She is known for her meticulous research and no-nonsense perspective. In addition to having written thousands of industry articles for top industry publications, she and Richard Romano have been the face of the well-respected industry research firm The Industry Measure (TrendWatch Graphic Arts) for many years. In her more than 13-year tenure with the firm, she has written countless reports on digital printing, 1:1 (personalized) printing, Web-to-print, personalized URLs, and other hot industry applications. She is also a long-time contributing editor and columnist for Printing News, for which she writes two monthly columns, including "Personal Effects," which features monthly analysis of 1:1 (personalized) printing case studies. She is also the author of three titles for the National Association of Printing Leadership: Designer's Printing Companion, Ink & Color: A Printer's Guide, and Diversifying Via Value-Added Services. As a small, niche publisher (Strong Tower Publishing), she is active in utilizing these technologies in her own business, as well.

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