Water, soil, air, plants, animals, and ecosystems are all part of the balance of nature and deserve our careful stewardship.
We often hear people say, “There are more forests now than ever before because the timber industry plants more trees than it cuts.” This would be true if forests were just groups of tree, but forests are more than that! Forest are unique and complex webs of life, each consisting of a special “recipe” of trees, shrubs, vines, grasses, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, arthropods, fungi, bacteria, and microorganisms that all depend upon the soil, water, and geography of an individual region.
Clearing and replanting a species-diverse, 1,000-acre mature forest with 1,000 acres of foot tall pine tree seedling does not replace the forest!
Source: Botanical Garden, Dallas, Texas