Responsible Logging Can Conserve Forest Lands



    VANCOUVER, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - OK, here's a quick quiz. What's the biggest
cause of deforestation in Canada - agriculture, urban development or logging?
    While you might be surprised to learn that logging - in fact all resource
extraction - results in less deforestation than farms and cities, you
shouldn't be. Deforestation refers to permanent conversion of forests to other
uses, and in Canada companies logging on public land are legally responsible
for the site until there is a new forest growing.
    "Harvesting does not result in deforestation, as long as it is legal and
sustainable," says Peter Moonen, sustainability coordinator for BC Wood WORKS!
"We can actually conserve forest lands by using wood and paper from
responsible producers because a stable demand for forest products discourages
the permanent conversion of forests to other uses."
    Canada is definitely a responsible producer. It has a multi-faceted
governance structure supporting sustainable forest management, backed by
comprehensive enforcement and more third-party forest certification than any
other country. Across Canada, half a billion seedlings are planted each year.
    This isn't the case everywhere so it is important to know the source of
forest products. Deforestation in developing countries accounts for about
18 per cent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions. Much of this is due to
illegal logging, which contributes to deforestation and habitat destruction,
undermines the viability of legally harvested and traded forest products, and
is a serious detriment to forest sustainability.
    Canada has 91 per cent of its original forest cover, more than any other
country, and its rate of deforestation has been virtually zero for more than
20 years. That's good news in view of climate change because forests store a
lot of carbon, and 10 per cent of the world's forests are in Canada.
    More information about Canada and deforestation is available from the
Natural Resources Canada website at http://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/news/588





For further information:

For further information: Mary Tracey, Executive Director BC Wood WORKS!,
mtracey@wood-works.ca or (877) 929-9663 ext 1


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