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Is This the Tree That Revitalizes Oregon’s Lumber Industry?

November 27, 2013
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Is This the Tree That Revitalizes Oregon’s Lumber Industry?
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Flickr, Oregon Department of Forestry

Oregon is known for its lumber, which supports a multitude of other industries in the United States, from the production of paper pulp to couches. Unsustainable tree harvesting would mean the eventual end of what is, for Oregon, an extremely vital trade. An innovative logger, GreenWood Resources, is attempting to revitalize the foresting industry with its fast-growing hybrid poplars, which reach maturity in about 10 years. Poplar monoculture may not be environmentally optimal, but this certainly represents a step toward maintaining the viability of foresting in Oregon. Sustainable Business Oregon has a photo gallery of GreenWood’s operation.

 

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