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Facts about Sustainable Pennsylvania Forests

Written by Holly Komonczi

Jonathan Geyer, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Hardwoods Development Council, discusses how the forest is sustained,” Keeping Forests as forests is very important. So in the forest products industry, when we practice sustainable forestry, we’re ensuring that that forest is going to be a forest in the future. But in order to do that, we need to ensure that young trees have the ability to grow. Trees need three things sunlight, space and water. If there’s a dense upper canopy that sunlight can’t get through to the forest floor. So we need to open the canopy up to allow that sunlight to come to the forest floor and allow those young trees to grow. So sustainable forestry is harvesting a tree and allowing new ones to grow.”

Listen to Jon explain the importance of harvesting our forests.