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There are a lot of reasons why foresters
manage Douglas-fir forests the way they do, and why clearcutting
remains an important tool. To understand clearcutting, its
necessary to understand some things about the biology of
forests are some of the best places on earth to grow high
quality wood products. One reason is Douglas-fir. It's the
source of the strongest softwood in the world, and used
in hundreds of products from two-by-fours to paper towels.
So it's not surprising that society places a high demand
on Douglas-fir products, and counts on our forest lands
to supply a high yield of this valuable material.
Douglas-fir accounts for nearly three
fourths of the natural forest cover in western Oregon. Forest
surveys from around 1900 show that it was dominant back
then, too. The reason has a lot to do with fire and the
biology of Douglas-fir. And an ever-increasing understanding
the biology Douglas-fir allows foresters to provide not
only the products society demands, but also the habitat
wildlife needs to thrive.
A Highly Prized Tree...
Douglas-fir is understandably Oregons
primary commercial forest species and is in great demand
by consumers. Its the source of the worlds strongest
softwood, and Douglas-fir trees grow straight and tall enough
to make lumber of all sizes,from two-by-fours to utility
and thousands of other products like glue,
and photographic supplies.