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Amazon forestry practices

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mia sylvester

on 27 May 2015

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Amazon forestry practices
Why ...
There are two possible ways forest practices can be looked at. 1) For logging; Forest practices could potentially continue. The forest itself is 5,500,000 km², which means there are enough trees to go around for a while. If the tree supply is low or close to low, we could always plant another tree in it's place.
In our everyday lives we use wood for things like books, houses, furniture, paper and other tools. Ever wonder how it ends up in your hands? Well, one of the every first step is to cut down the trees. The Amazon forest practices are fueled by logging.
Although we get the everyday things we need from logging, doesn't mean its the best for the environment. The cost of operating a logging (forest) practice in typical areas can damage the forest in the long run. Clear-cutting forests is also common, this too has an impact. Clear-cutting leads to habitat destruction, which is now becoming a problem.
By: Mia, Daniela and Chalisa
Why not...
Against logging; Yes the Amazon forest has a mass of 5,500,000 km² about 20% or more of the green space is gone. That's only over the span of 40 years. It is also true that you could plant trees to replace the ones cut done, although trees in the Amazon can be as old as 1000 years old. Trees don't just instantly grow to full size. It can take (at the most) 30 years of a tree to grow to full size and by that time too many trees will be gone.
Why not...
This can quickly snowball into the huge issue that is deforestation. Like said before, about 20% of the Amazon is wiped out. Since this forest is also home to many species of animals, they are losing their habitats. Trees are a nature source that gives off clean, breathable oxygen. What will happen to us when all the trees are cut down? Something that we think very little about can easily impact us and today's society very hard. So if we continue to cut and cut without knowing what we're doing, that is how logging can be unsustainable.
Unsustainable sources
In some cases, the fact that forest practice is unsustainable could lead to poverty. For example; 20 or so year from now if we keep doing this, there will be less trees. Which could mean people would have to pay more taxes just so the country can afford to harvest the timber. Taxes are already high here in Canada and in other countries, think of how much it we would be paying then. Many people can barely afford to pay taxes currently. If the amount we pay increases, then there might be more people living out on the street.
In conclusion, though we benefit from forest practices they can be very bad for our environment. This resource is also unsustainable and can quickly become so. Due to this unsustainable source, poverty could also become a problem.
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The Amazon is know it's beautiful nature, but it is also a source of wood and forest supplies. Trees play a very important role in making our life as convenient as is currently is.
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