Reforestation Today for Healthier Communities and Prosperity

Forests are very important to the economy and well being of the people of Virginia. Same is true for our neighboring state of N.C, and to lesser extent but important in neighboring states of TN and WV, and possibly few others.

For example, In the country of Senegal, on the western coast of Africa, a movement headed by youths has helped to plant over 6 million mangrove trees. The trees will protect local villages from storm damages and will provide a habitat for local wildlife. The project started in 2008, and already the Senegalese government has been asked to establish rules and regulations that would protect the new mangrove forests.

Similar initiatives, often triggered by worthy community based non-profits, are needed in USA and other nations where forestry is important resource for healthier community & economic value now and in future. Those nations who do not have a significant forestry industry base, for example, some countries in Northern Europe, they have developed "niche" secondary manufacturing industry based on important of softwood and hardwood lumbers from USA and other nations. Strengthening such "value trade" among nations in beneficial to participating trading nations, including USA.

Forest biotechnology is an emerging new industry with substantial potential for those nations who are able and willing to motivate at least some young people to invest in the knowledge of forest life science as available in industry and at some research universities in USA.

Here are the key reasons as itemized in the "economic impact" website from the Dept of Forestry of the State of Virginia, I refer below. I will itemize the key reasons.
Forestry is the no. 1 source of manufacturing jobs in Virginia. Such products that are manufactured from forestry resources such as windows, doors, floors & building materials provide jobs, often higher paying because skilled workers are important.
Forestry landowners receive healthy compensation when lumber is prudently cut on their land periodically with a tree growing cycles of 10 years for softwood such as pine trees, to 20 years or more for hardwood such as Chestnut and Birch.
Forests provide recreation for visitors and residents in Virginia, with fishing, hunting, camping, festivals and more. In fact, in the State of Virginia, 2/3 of the people use these facilities on a typical year for leisure activities that are important and beneficial.
Trees help reduce erosion and creeks, rivers and waterways have cleaner water than otherwise. In fact, in many nations in the world today, including parts of USA, deforestation and loss of green cover is a major source of water pollution.
Enter "Reforestation" and tools such as "Tree Plantations" (thorough Timber Investment Managent Organization) in cooperation with appropriate community based non-profits and municipal governments, strengthening forests at the crossroad between proven tool as "TIMO" and newly emerging "forest life sciences", a quiet revolution is possible in USA, and other friendly nations where forestry is also important.

Demand for forestry products will remain far higher than expanding supply of forestry products possible.

Social, environmental and economic benefits and tools to strengthen forestry and reforestation are known. Appreciation and pragmatic passion on a community and region basis are essential to enable forestry to contribute significantly to pursuit of quality of life and prosperity in USA and elsewhere.

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