How do we manage our forests better? And what does climate change have to do with this?



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    In the US, many federal and state forests are managed only to prevent wildfires, and most private forests are managed only to encourage the growth of trees for the production of wood. Truly effective forest management would take into account the complex intermingling of biodiversity within each unique forest ecosystem, and take precautions to preserve it when harvesting and/or make efforts to restore the ecosystem afterwards. This means far more than simply replanting trees, though that is of course important. You might want to check into a guy named Paul Stamets (who has reached cult status with many enviromentalist). He asserts that one of the most important parts of regrowing a forest is making sure the complex mycelial mats are reestablished in order to faciliate the necessary but invisible biochemical processes that all forests must have.

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