Marketed Globally

Most of the "developed" countries are just that, they have developed most of their land for urban, suburban or generally pastoral use. They no longer have timberland to supply the needs of their burgeoning populations. Where they were once suppliers, they have become consumers and part of the global economy.

In the rural and remote areas where forestry is most successful, the demand for wood is minimal. In order for the crop to fulfill its profit potential, it must be marketed in the global economy.

The harvest has the possibility of becoming plywood, lumber, furniture or pulp for paper. All of these products are in high demand due to the reconstruction of areas devastated by the deterioration of global weather patterns.

An original use of wood was for cooking and heating, but its use as a fuel has surpassed all historical expectations. It can be used to supplement coal fired power plants or processed into ethanol or methane. When the wood is grown in oil or gas producing countries, it can serve as a supplement for domestic use, allowing increased export to countries without fuel reserves.

Replanting in mixed stands managed for multiple use will allow room for people to prosper and the once great forests to serve again as the natural resource bank that fueled the growth of our civilization.