Not really, but it may be more profitable. You are probably referring to the underwater logging operations that occurred in 2008-09 at Lake Volta, in Ghana, Africa. When the manmade lake was built in the 1960s, many acres of timberland were flooded, but the wood is still there; the trees are dead but the timber is in a sort of suspended animation. The Lake Volta project was made possible with technology developed by a Canadian company called Triton Logging. It may seem farfetched to log trees at the bottom of lakes, but Triton insists the practice is less costly per board foot yielded than land-based logging. Furthermore, dead trees in forests that have been submerged for decades may contain varieties of wood that are now much rarer on land and hence more expensive. While it doesn’t appear that the wood harvested in this manner is priced any differently than land-logged lumber, the combination of lower costs with increased yields of premium wood seems to make underwater logging an attractive enterprise. In addition to Lake Volta and the British Columbia lakes where Triton Logging got its start, underwater logging has also been attempted in Suriname and Brazil, evidently with some success.
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