Sustainable Forestry Is Taking Root in Québec

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Cutting down trees to build houses in the Laurentians might sound paradoxical for nature enthusiasts, but the region’s approach to forestry is actually very environmentally conscious. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recommends building with wood as a way to combat climate change, as trees turn CO2 into cellulose and store it in their trunks. The region’s forests are selectively harvested with ecosystem-based management, and only 1% of public forests are harvested annually. Furthermore, all raw materials from the forest are put to full use, from chips for paper to bark for heating the factory and even ash for fertilizer. Read full article here

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