An interesting post at Dirt and Soundwaves today. The similarity of “plantation” trees, be it their genetic makeup, age, or size, puts the trees themselves at greater risk and our “crop tending” makes these planted plots less attractive, even dangerous, to wildlife.
Unfortunately, large timber companies are unwilling to enter into “sustainable” harvesting agreements with tree plantations because it isn’t cost effective. Certainly, sound conservation practices would make it most difficult for the timber companies to turn a tidy profit and, in some cases, they may even suffer a loss. I don’t believe the same difficulties would befall smaller operations, though.
I have to look into this more, but it seems to be another case whereby localizing the production of a commodity can result in a net gain for all, including the resource being used. But, as Buddy Holly sang, “That’ll be the day..."