Logging in the Amazon can be greener than U.S. timber harvests. For example, compare these two areas with recent logging: (1) Culpepper County, Virginia; and (2) a timber tract in the Amazon basin.
Logging near Washington, D.C.
This area is in Culpepper County, Virginia – just 70 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. (110 km).
Logging in the Amazon Basin
This area is located in the western Amazon. A timber tract is within the white boundary.
Here is the same tract, 2.5 years after logging.
Wood buying myths
The following are common myths in wood purchasing guidance:
- U.S. timber harvests are better than tropical ones.
- Buying tropical wood is bad for the environment.
In reality, tropical wood products can originate from forests that are managed significantly better than U.S. forests.
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