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Fast-Growth Tree Plantations for Wood Production

Environmental Threat or a Means of “Saving” Natural Forests?
With increasing interest worldwide in forest plantations as a source of wood and industrial fiber, concerns about the potential environmental impacts of establishing forest plantations on a large scale are increasing as well. …although many of the issues raised about forest plantations are non-trivial, there are several significant environmental advantages of plantation establishment that appear to outweigh concerns, if plantation management practices – such as careful matching of species to site, and use of genetically diverse planting stock – can be developed to address concerns regarding sustainability.

News notes are courtesy of Southern Forests Network News Notes
www.southernsustainableforests.org

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