Recently, an article centered on salvage logging and its impact on forests came through in an email. The most astonishing finding is that private logging companies are subsidized for salvage logging activities. Why? Because salvage logging isn’t profitable. If this is study is broken down correctly, collected taxes are paying companies to take logs out of forests that are deemed forever wild.
The Data Doesn’t Lie
The writer of the article developed and analyzed 23 case studies to see if salvage logging was a normal practice in all parts of the world. Of those 23 cases, 21 had evidence of salvage logging. Even more mind-blowing is that 13 out of the 19 forests that were logged in Europe and Asia were protected forests. These areas throughout Europe were intended to be left to the mercy of nature. Talk about the perfect set-up for ecological research.
A Quiet Movement
The bigger problem is that we, as humans, are completely incapable of leaving things alone. Why can’t these unprofitable forests be left as is? The survival of many species has the
In recent years society has seen its back-walking on advancement and technology. Making tasks easier is one thing, fully automating everything is another. When we are in control of our basic survival needs, we decrease the chance of becoming sick from exposure to modified foods and harmful chemicals. Our ancestors lived the homesteading life before it was considered an alternate lifestyle. They were on to something! More and more people are retreating to the outskirts of suburbs for many reasons and that move is beneficial to the health of our environment.
Pharaoh Mountain Schroon Lake, NY Adirondack State Park
The Solution is Organic
A study conducted between 2017 and 2018 in the Adirondack State Park has put the homesteading movement into tangible data. This data will be used to determine investment opportunities in small economies and natural resource conservation. Being stewards of our environment while obtaining financial stability could be the solution to ending unstainable practices such as salvage logging.