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Certificate of sustainable logging

Land Use, Canada

Pioneer of ecoforestry, Merve Wilkinson, is over ninety years old but still shares the art of selective logging at his beautiful Wildwood forest.
Canada is a forest nation and logging is the main industry. The most commonly used logging technique is 'clearcutting', where forest are completely cut down with the help of heavy machinery. This is a controversial practice, disrupting the ecological balance, destroying wildlife habitats and radically diminishing the CO2 regulation of trees.

Each year thousands of foresters, students and eco-tourists from all over the world travel to Vancouver Island to learn from the devoted eco-lumberjack, Merve Wilkinson. Although Merve has now reached the age of ninety-five, until recently he was daily found leading visitors around his magnificent property where he passionately shared his lifetime of experience in sustainable logging.

“Rows of trees are not forests”
The Wildwood tree farm contains the natural diversity of a true forest, its trees widely vary in age, species and height. This is in sharp contrast to the industrial model, against which Merve Wilkinson is outspoken: “Rows of trees are not forests!” As an alternative to commercial clear-cut logging, where most or all trees in a harvest area are cut at the same time, he uses the method of ecoforestry. The object is to harvest trees selectively in order to maintain the ecological balance of the forest, giving room to wildlife and a natural growth of the forest as a whole.

Economic common sense
The preservation of the forests is not the sole objective behind this alternative method of logging. According to Merve, selective logging is mere economic common sense. In comparing the forest with a bank account, he explains that when you only cut the 'interest' of trees received over time, you can never lose the initial 'amount' of forest you have.