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The path to sustainable forestry


People have always had something to say about forests. Historically, forests have been important to the sustenance and culture of First Nations. European settlers might have thought, “There’s too much forest.” In the 1970s, the refrain might have been “Not enough trees are being planted.” By the early 1980s, many people seemed to be saying, “Too much of the forest is viewed as an industrial land base.” Then in 1987 came a wonderful term, “sustainable development,” defined in the UN report Our Common Future as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Defining sustainable forest management

In 1992, the UN Economic Development Agency came up with a new definition of sustainable development. It said, “Sustainable development, at its simplest, is development based on patterns of production and consumption that can be pursued into the distant future without degrading the human or natural environment.” This site looks at only one part of sustainable development: sustainable forest management.

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