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“There’s a lot more to the forest than trees,”

says Dwight Scott Wolfe, a sustainable forest management coordinator.

Elk grazing at the edge of a small lake

“The land, the water, the other plants and animals and people’s perceptions of them all have to be balanced, with plans for each one. The forest is a mix of social, economic and environmental aspects. None can be ignored.”

He warns that while it is possible to manage the forest for just one value, there are very few circumstances where this is appropriate.

Achieving sustainable forest management while taking into account what really happens in the forest requires a lot of time spent considering risks. Sometimes taking risks may be necessary, but decisions must weigh the seriousness of these risks. A bad decision could lead to a disaster.

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