Originally Posted by BulletBait
Originally Posted by ILoveHighDPI
What's the problem with cutting down old trees?
Clear cutting is a problem, but I've seen pictures of quarter sections of land that went from "clear" to "totally forest again" in 25 years. You might want to wait another 25 years before harvesting them, but as long as you have enough trees surrounding a given space and a lack of grazing animals (and sometimes even with grazing animals) the forest grows at a pretty astounding rate.
Clearcutting is definitely bad, and Tropical Rainforests definitely need to be protected (I'm mostly thinking of the small remaining populations of large cats), and maybe local forest management practices need to be adjusted by 4% to put things back into an upward trend, but trees are actually pretty aggressive organisms.
I will take this one though since we've been fairly cordial with each other so far...
If you're talking about controlled harvesting and prescribed burns, I can agree with that. The problem is when you start wholesale lots at a time, not small lots, I'm talking thousands of contiguous acres at a time. That's more of a slow kill to wildlife in the forest that doesn't adapt as fast and move to more suitable forest that isn't currently being logged. Prescribed burns are also very helpful to clear flammable underbrush and renew the cycle, otherwise you can end up with the scenario that happened in Canada last year with massive forest fires that burned 2.5 million acres in Saskatchewan alone.
Granted, that has nothing to do with CO2/greenhouse (unless you count the massive forest fire and loss of forest) specifically, but it does have an ecology knock on effect as species disappear that goes all the way up and down the local food chain.
Right, my example was a 1/4 square mile area surrounded by existing old forest.
Fixing the problem of deforestation doesn't sound like that big of a problem when I'm sitting here typing on a keyboard, it shouldn't be that hard.
I know well enough that changing human behavior isn't that simple though.
The start if this discussion was "deforestation removes the Earth's ability to balance CO2 levels".
So, the solution "shouldn't" be that hard to implement.