California’s recently enacted carbon offsetting program provides carbon credits to the owners of timber forests providing them with an economic incentive to plant more trees, manage their existing trees well and avoid converting their land to non-forest use. However the law does allow for clear cutting, which has drawn the anger of environmental groups.
Money can be made from a forest, which does not include clear cutting them. Forests can be sustainably managed and harvested so that resources from the forest can be used to make products. Money could also be made by charging people that wish to enter a forest, where the money goes towards maintaining trails, paying employees such as rangers, and managing the forest. Money can also be saved by keeping forests healthy since they improve air quality, improve water quality, allow for biological diversity, provide wildlife habitat, and provide humans with a place to perform recreational activities.
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