In addition to the sustainable characteristics of modern forestry, forestry often protects, promotes and sustains wildlife by providing a diverse habitat. Since there are openings, thermal/ thick cover and older growth trees all on the same landscape wildlife flourish. In the southeast US alone, there are many millions of acres of pine forests that provide habitat for hundreds of different species of animals including some threatened such as: Louisiana pine snake, gopher tortoise, and bald eagles to name a few. Along with the terrestrial species benefitting from sustainable forestry practices aquatic species benefit as well, practices promoting water quality for the seasonal and permanent streams are used to ensure we all maintain clean water, lakes and even oceans.
The old saying of “it doesn’t count unless its documented” seems that’s been true for forestry in the US. But thankfully, we’re documenting our sustainable practices now. Through organizations such as Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc, and Forest Stewardship Council certifying over 98 million acres in the US. This is documentation that the industry has been and continues to take care of the forest and those species that live in or near it.