Our planet’s very fiber and fabric of life is being destroyed so fast scientists from around the world have issued two dire warnings to humanity, our health and all life on Earth is at stake. Either we are not listening or it's our selfish ignorance of the needs of our living planet and others.
There's just one solution we can count on today —making our planet's health our first and foremost responsibly, by living just and sustainable, as one people and planet. This is our challenge today, as tomorrow will be too late to assure our children's future health and justice is better, not worse than today!
Many of our Urban Forest benefits are ignored and wasted away when we can least afford it.
Today, urban trees are typically managed primarily for their living benefits and value. Felled urban trees are rarely harvested with an eye toward additional uses, even though timber from American urban areas could produce 4 billion board feet of lumber annually. The failure to manage trees from seed to sawdust leads to the unnecessary loss of valuable natural resources and unnecessary expenses for communities and homeowners. We are losing more than just a resource. When we cut down trees and grind them up for whatever reason we are also hasening the release of more greenhouse gases into our atmosphere so its best for us to do what we can to use the wood from our trees and sequestor the carbon.
The following description of highest and best use is from the Urban Forest Products Alliance .
Highest and best use: Use that garners the greatest economic, social, and environmental return given the quality and quantity of the resource. Highest use maintains the greatest integrity of the resource, even showcasing it, and best use acknowledges practical economic, environmental, and societal realities.
We agree with the Urban Forest Products Alliance vision and embrace it.