Importance Of Forest Values

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Forests and Environmental Values Forestry is a profession related to resource management that is primarily about the art and science of creating, maintaining, using, and protecting the forest and its resources. The usefulness of the forest is vast, and its value in the world’s societies can be quite large.
The people of the world value forests for their economic value primarily, for the forest provides important resources such as timber, medicines, and ecotourism revenue. This economic benefit provides countries around the world millions upon millions of dollars annually for these different areas of revenue. Global demand for wood and wood byproducts is being raised 1.6% annually, and with some reports stating that global demand for wood
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People use forestry services for recreational activities like hunting, hiking, and camping, domestic activities like agroforestry (the process of using forested areas for agriculture), and aesthetic activities such as simply enjoying the beauty of nature.
The final value people place on forest are environmental value. Forests provide clean water through watershed purification and collection, climate change mitigation by carbon sequestering, and biodiversity services by housing 60 to 80% of all species. All of these services may not have a pure economic value placed in them, but they can provide an invaluable resource to all the people and all the species in the world. These vastly important services scream for the forests to be conserved.
These differing values place seemingly contradictory needs on the forest. Do we cut it down for lumber, or do we let the forest grow naturally for carbon storage? By knowing the values of the people in or around the forested area, a forester can help devise a way to manage the forests’ resources and help promote
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Worldwide, deforestation takes away 16 million hectares of forests around the world. In Florida, this number is around 40,000 hectares. Most of the world’s forests are in danger to practices such as slash-and-burn and clearcutting. The forests that are most at risk, however, lie within developing countries who do not have the resources available to them to conserve their resources. Without these conservation resources, they are forced to deforest and degrade their natural resources, threating their future and the future of their forests. Fortunately, FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations are working with these developing nations in order to help replant and conserve their natural resources in order to secure their future. In the developing world, fortunately, there is a growing trend in reforestation and conservation efforts, with China leading the reforestation efforts in their nation. Even the United States has a large hand in reforestation and conservation, with a net annual change of forest area ranging from 250 to 500 hectares every year. However, different and similar issues plague developed countries. Much like developing nations, develop nations’ forests are being cut down for land and resources. In fact, developed nations use more wood products and other non-wood forestry products on average when compared to

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