Ever visited Pennsylvania? Then, much like its residents, you’re probably also in awe of the beautiful wooded areas and mountains full of greenery that the state is known for. After all, it was nicknamed “Penn’s Woods,” by William Penn so many years ago.
Did you know that without forestry management, none of the features we know and love about Pennsylvania would be so prominent? Forestry management is essential and beneficial to nature itself and the community surrounding it. Here are some of the many benefits of Forestry management in Pennsylvania.
Forest growth and development
In order for forests to grow and develop over time, like any plant, they will need resources. Some of these resources include light, nutrients, water, and space. Of these, light is actually the easiest to control, as it involves cutting areas back or down to provide light to shine through.
Without cutting, you can’t expect forests to grow and develop. They will easily overgrow, making the beautiful forests unwalkable, or end up unhealthy which could cause them to die. Trying to remove a tree that is already dead can surprisingly be more difficult than removing one that has potential to die or is simply overcrowding others.
Increases habitat diversity
Something we don’t often think about is animal species’ preferences. As silly as it sounds, many species actually prefer certain trees, seeds, vegetation, or bushes as opposed to other kinds. The same goes for the age of trees. Smaller, younger trees and vegetation is often sought out by birds, deer, and other small animals.
However, much of Pennsylvania’s forests contain older, larger trees which causes animals to find different habitats that meet their needs, leaving many of these forests untouched by wildlife which can negatively affect the trees’ health.
Forestry management is also beneficial as it allows paths to be cleared throughout the forest. This way, people can hike, ride bikes, ski, or run on a more prominent path.
Increases longevity of forest
By implementing forestry management in your wooded area, you are increasing the life of your forest. Not only are you preventing overgrowing and decay of the trees already in it, you are also preventing insect and plant threats by keeping up on the health of the habitat.
In order to maintain your timberland for years to come, you need the help of timber professionals that know what they're doing. Here at Green Ridge Forest Products, we've spent years honing our skills as timber harvesters and consultants.
Our mission is to ensure our customers protect the health of their land by making smart, sustainable decisions-- and we go the extra mile to ensure we do more than just appraise and buy timber. Contact us today to start a conversation, and see if our timber management options are right for you!