Trees, woods, and forests across the US and abroad cam provide part of the solution to limiting climate change, and to helping society to adapt to the changes that we all face. We must help our trees and forests adapt and become resilient to the changing climate. There are seven simple things individuals can do to protect our forests.
When possible, it’s important that you try to buy wood products in place of other materials like plastics. In order to ensure that these are from sustainably managed forests, simply make sure that they are certified. The most common logo to look for is “FSC” – it can be found on consumables in the United States.
The FSC logo is now on a large range of products:
- Garden furniture
- Bird boxes
- Bird tables
- General housewares
- Toilet paper
- Office paper
The FSC logo can even be found on other forest products such as venison, essential oils, and latex for footballs and balloons.
Timber in Building
Timber is classically referred to as building material if undertaking building projects. Individuals can also consider using wooden frames when replacing windows, or wooden flooring in the home. Ensure that these are certified – by FSC or other means of certifications. You can even ask suppliers if they use certified timber. This can sometimes have an influence in their buying patterns.
Wood as Fuel
Is it possible to switch to a wood furnace or burner to heat your home?
Could you encourage your business or community members to switch to another means of heating, such as an efficient wood fuel boiler to provide heat and hot water?
This could save you or your business money, as well as benefit the environment in several ways. Before switching, make sure to seek advice on type of size, design, and fuel.
Countries such as Britain imports 95% of their charcoal each year – a large proportion of this comes from unsustainable sources such as tropical forests or cleared mangrove swamps. Also, look our for FSC or other certified charcoal to make sure that it is from a sustainable resource. Even better, buy locally produced charcoal to support local woodlands and reduce the distance that the charcoal is transported.
Where opportunities exist, get involved in managing your local woodlands. Have a great organization or group that plants trees or educates the public on protecting our woodlands? Please drop us a line in the comments below. Thanks!