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Forestry and its Sustainability According to Websters New World Dictionary the definition of forestry is the science of developing caring for or cultivating forests or the management of growing timber The same dictionary defines development as the state of being developed According to the same reliable source one of the definitions of sustainable is relating to or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged Therefore one can assume that the definition of sustainable development in forestry is the method and science of cultivating forests without depleting them or permanently damaging them One of the major problems in BC forestry is that the demand for timber historically has been too great for the annually allotted supply We were clear-cutting the forests to death and still may be doing so Another major problem is with second growth BC douglas firs There is a root disease that kills off whole plantations1 This same tree which is BCs largest tree and most prominent one is plagued by Douglas fir beetles These insects can kill off hundreds of trees if in large enough numbers2 Fortunately the government of British Columbia and the BC Ministry of Forestry are committed to sustainable development in forestry Opponents might state that the cost of accurate science research planning and creating new policies is too high However these issues are only minor compared to the greater issue of ensuring that there is development today which includes concerns for future generations ability to meet their needs This is why sustainable development in forestry is feasible necessary and achievable Sustainable development as a concept is a global issue and there have been three important milestones along the road to defining sustainable development internationally and how to achieve it the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment 1972 the World Commission on Environment and Development
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