Logging refers to the business or work of cutting trees for timber. The profession of logging has many benefits to the people who work in the logging industry and also the environment. The following are some of the key advantages of logging.
1. Provides essential materials
Logging is a very important practice since it is the main source of timber that is used for many human needs such as providing construction materials, fuel for industries and homes as well as clearing land for development. Timber is also used as a raw material in certain industries and thus logging is required in order to acquire this raw material.
2. Reduces risk of forest fires
Another benefit of logging is the fact that it helps in reducing the occurrence of forest fires. Since logging involves cutting trees, then it is highly likely that any fire started by a natural cause such as lightning will not spread quickly. This action could possibly save many lives in the process. As a result of logging, it will be easier to undertake various forest management functions like the removal of litter. This is highly beneficial since it decreases the intensity of any future fires through reducing the fuel load.
3. Encourages new plant growth
The activity of logging opens up the forest and encourages the growth and development of new plants and trees. In fact, logging only favors succession of plants and trees that are adapted to the ecosystem, usually doing away with non-native species that could possibly take over a certain habitat. Logging also clears old growth and trees giving other plants a good opportunity to mature.
If it is not well managed, logging can have detrimental impacts on the environment. It basically removes habitats used by different wild animals like birds that make use of trees for cover and food.
Most people think of logging as a destructive industry. But, the truth is that loggers play an integral part in the health of a forest. Without logging, forest health would decline.
4. Minimizing competition among trees
Just like a big city, a forest can get overcrowded, and when it does. Bad things start to happen.
To begin with, more trees means more competition for a finite amount of nutrition. Unlike people in cities, trees in the forest can’t ship in food from the expansive midwest. The only thing they have to eat is what’s right underneath them. Older trees that are nearing the end of their life cycle are doing little more than just taking up nutrients that could be used by the younger trees to grow stronger and taller.
Crowding in the forest is also a big invitation to disease. If loggers don’t thin out the trees in a forest, at some point, Mother Nature does it herself. Disease sweeps through an area killing off hundreds of healthy trees as well as older and dying trees.
5. Allowing more ground gover to thrive
A thinner forest means that more undergrowth can spring up. With more light reaching the ground. Varieties of grasses, ferns, bushes, etc. can grow. These plants have a shorter life cycle than the trees that shade them. They grow to maturity, die, and decompose in the ground adding nutrients to the trees.
Less trees means more of these plants spring up and complete their life cycle to add more nutrients than ever before to the soil of the forest.
6. An industry to be proud of
Loggers serve our environment well. The next time you run into someone who works in the logging industry, tell them thanks for taking such good care of our environment. Until then, here’s a short video of some loggers talking about the benefits of their job. Notice they’re working in a beautiful forest environment, not the treeless wasteland many try to depict.