Unformatted text preview: So how can we make forest use sustainable? First and foremost we have to decrease the amount of
wood we consume by reducing paper use, recycling paper, and increasing the efficiency of wood-burning stoves
and lumber and paper mills (Meadows, Randers et al. 2004). We must pressure politicians to change policies
by eliminating logging subsidies. Finally, we can help grow the sustainable forestry industry by choosing
lumber certified with the stamp of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
The harvesting of hardwood presents an excellent example of how society adapts to a resource shortage.
In the early years of the U.S., hardwood was abundant. However, as the nation expanded and population grew,
Americans began to harvest hardwoods unsustainably. Today almost no old-growth forest remains in the U.S.,
and the price for hardwood has skyrocketed. Hardwood furniture was becoming expensive when my
grandparents bought their furniture; those pieces of furniture are now valuable heirlooms in my family. My
parents had a mix of inherited hardwoo...
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- Fall '14
- John C. Ayers