A Few Facts About Forests & Forestry, Part Two

We begin in the midst of a two-part series regarding forestry, forests, logging, deforestation, climate change, timber, CAT forest machinery and equipment, and fact-providing in general. This is part two, for the record, and part one is a blog you don’t want to miss, assuming you are interested in learning more about deforestation, the future of milling, sustainable timber/lumber efforts in the United States, and a whole slew of additional (if not random) facts on the matter. 

Wagner Equipment CAT Forest Machines

Before we dive headfirst into more fact providing, we’d like to highlight a few of our more popular CAT forest machines we offer here at Colorado’s top Caterpillar equipment dealer, Wagner Equipment. 

  • 320D FM FOREST MACHINE – The D-Series Forest Machines utilized ACERT Technology and Caterpillar quality to bring dependable results for even the most demanding logging projects. 
  • 324D FM FOREST MACHINE – With an intuitive operator environment (featuring a uniquely comfortable forestry cab with 8 lights and scratch-resistant windows), there’s a lot to like in terms of performance, durability, and productivity. 
  • 325D FM FOREST MACHINE – The 325D FM Forest Machine is a CAT masterpiece. Check out the link above for details on specs, optional equipment, and standard equipment.
  • 538 – 2016, TIER 4 FINAL, NACD – The CAT 538/538 LL Forest Machine offers top-of-the-line versatility, safety, performance, and efficiency. With elite hydraulic horsepower and a special heavy lift mode to increase capacity, you are able to use a wide range of processing and harvesting heads with this forest machine (grappels, quick couplers, heels, and thumbs).
  • 568 FOREST MACHINE – The world’s best construction equipment manufacturer is at it again with the 568 Forest Machine. With improved horsepower, longer track frames for more stability, efficient hydraulics, and ground level accessibility to make maintenance a sinch, the quality is obvious!

Did You Know? Forestry Edition

  • This might be awkward, but it probably comes as no shock to you, dear reader, that humanity is responsible for the majority of deforestation that occurs around the world. The significant drivers of this unfortunate occurrence are agriculture, livestock production, logging, and forest fires. Yes, we are counting forest fires as something humanity is (in part) responsible for, due to the fact that deforestation efforts are actively increasing the number of forest fire outbreaks. For instance, fire-setting has become more prominent in regions where forests don’t normally burn, such as the Amazon Rainforest. 
  • Russia, Canada, and Brazil get the unsavory awards for the highest gross forest cover loss between 2012 and 2014. 
  • Nothing happens in a vacuum, and climate change has more than its fair share of collateral damage. Today’s victim of note is the orangutan, which, unlike other primates, spends the majority of their time in the trees rather than on the ground. Orangutans are remarkable creatures for many reasons, but perhaps none more so than their unique use of tools. They build tree nests for sleeping environments, they utilize sticks to poke at logs for honey, and an orangutan has been reported being seen attempting to spear fish after seeing local humans try the same thing. But sadly, their rainforest habitat is being cut down at an alarming rate — in order to clear out space for palm oil plantations and to make paper from lumber. 
  • Let’s add a little levity to the conversation, shall we? And what better way to do that than to talk about the tallest tree in the world? Coming in at 115.71m in height, General Sherman is a giant sequoia found in California. Its trunk is 10m around and the tree contains an estimated 1486 cubic meters of wood, which is 392,559.7 liquid gallons!
  • Did you know that not all rainforests are necessarily tropical? For instance, the Great Bear rainforest in western Canada is home to black bears, among other animals, which is a pretty solid sign that the region is not, in fact, tropical. Thankfully, the majority of the Great Bear rainforest is protected, although some parts of it are still being logged. 
  • Let’s breathe some hope into this blog. Forests are actually recovering in some parts of the world. In part one, we highlighted how forests in the United States have remained at a stable level over the past 100 years, even with considerable logging taking place. But that’s not the only region where there’s some positivity to be found. In Europe, for example, significant areas of forest have regrown in the same way that North America has seen. And more recently, nations such as New Zealand and Costa Rica are beginning to reverse the impact of deforestation. China and Rwanda are two other countries which are aggressively instantiating the replanting of forests in order to balance the natural state of ecosystems. 
  • The past few years have brought about a veritable revolution in terms of monitoring forests due to improved access to satellite imagery and increased computing power. Organizations of all kinds are now able to see deforestation happen in real-time. Whether you are a policymaker, a corporate representative, or a member of an environmental group, it’s this sort of capacity that can make a real difference. When the data is live and incontrovertible, it’s much easier to have everyone wake up and smell the coffee, as it were. It’s technology like this that has helped encourage a significant reduction in Brazil’s deforestation since 2004. Even tools such as Google Earth give us a better picture of what is happening.  
  • One-eight of forests have some level of biodiversity conservation. The United Nations reports that close to 13 percent of the world’s forests are managed specifically for biodiversity conservation. In other words, that’s 3.2 million square miles of forested landscape. The United States, Brazil, and Mexico are global leaders for biological diversity conservation in terms of total area protected. 
  • Of all U.S. states, Oregon is the state with the best reforestation performance. They have strict laws that ensure trees are planted to replace harvested timber. In fact, they average 97 percent in private land reforestation compliance percentage. 
  • Wood is amazing because it is a resource that is produced by trees, using natural energy from the sun, carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, alongside water and other nutrients from the soil. With intentional reforestation efforts, we don’t have to stop using wood altogether — a harmonious balance in possible. But the first step is recognizing we have a problem, in some sense, and in order to do that, governments need to care more about profiteering alone. 
  • Clearcutting is forest renewal when imposed correctly. Forest scientists agree that this method, when carefully applied, can help renew damaged forests. In Oregon, 14 percent of the harvested area every year is accomplished by clearcutting, whereas the other 86 percent is done by thinning. 

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Find The Nearest CAT Dealer To You

If you’ve been looking for forest equipment, we are the top CAT dealer in Colorado, New Mexico, and far west Texas here at Wagner Equipment. We offer unmatched customer service, an outstanding inventory of affordable Caterpillar machines for sale, and conveniently located Wagner locations throughout our territory. If you’d like to request a quote on a particular piece of equipment, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. If you need some help figuring out which machine is right for your particular application, we are more than happy to help you out there too! 

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