human threats to forest



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    Ironically one of the biggest threats to forests stems from raising trees for industrial purposes.  In Chile, European and American companies often clear native forests to plant monocultural forests of eucalyptus trees and pines which are then harvested to make paper and wood products.  Both trees are not native to Chile, use lots of water, and cause the soil to be so acidic that nothing else can grow in it.  After the trees have been harvested the land is left desolated.

         Likewise, oil palm plantations have been the cause of much tropical deforestation throughout Southeastern Asia.   

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