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Questions tagged [forestry]

The study of sustainable production of trees for wood, fuel, or other uses; silviculture; maintenance of forest ecosystems.

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Is burning wood the same as letting it biodegrade from a CO2 emissions perspective?

I always thought, that burning wood, would be bad for the total CO2 in the atmosphere until I heard it being pitched as "renewable energy". Now I am slightly unsure. The logic goes like this: Wood ...
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How can an individual support mass reforestation?

There's lots of benefits and threats to forest, and given our current, pervasive, and severe ecological challenges, forests are more important than ever. However, it's not obvious what the best ...
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Which consumes more carbon dioxide: a fully grown forest or a newly planted one that is growing?

I was talking to some friends and one of them claims that it is more efficient to combat global warming by cutting the trees and replanting them because a growing forest consumes more CO2. (Firstly, a ...
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How should biochar be used in a forest soil?

Is there a good way to put biochar into a forest, or should it be in there before you plant the forest?
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How do I properly colonize trees to work together in a food forest?

I'm building an agroforestry (food forest) area in the yard, and was wondering how to exactly lay out the plants so they work well together. I'm putting in: Aronia X2 American Persimmon X2 Red ...
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What type/breed of animals do I want for food forest maintenance?

I'm currently building a food forest that I plan to gate in to protect animals. What type/breed of animals should I look into for keeping the forest floor clean?
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What type of guinea pigs will keep a food forest well cleaned?

I'm building a food forest, and was wondering what type of guinea pigs would work best to keep a food forest floor clean while not harming my plants so I can have plenty of food as well as getting ...
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What are eco-friendly substitutes of wood?

Are there any eco-friendly substitutes of wood? With similar attributes (such as strength, rate of biodegradability, safe for the environment, etc.). My long-term intend is to save our environment ...
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How much wood can I burn sustainably, carbon neutral and in an ecologically responsible way from a forest?

While wood can - in theory - be a carbon neutral fuel, in practice burning wood creates a huge carbon debt and it may take a long time for all the carbon released by logging, soil degradation and so ...
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What strategy to follow for thinning a woodlot?

I have a woodlot roughly 10 acres (4 hectares) from which I harvest firewood. From a permaculture perspective, this is my Zone 4; Zone 5 lies along the back edge of the woodlot. I'm in the northeast ...
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Planting trees for firewood - how many?

I'd like to heat my house using self-grown firewood. How do I go about calculating the number of trees I'd need to plant each year to make it sustainable - same number of trees harvested each year as ...