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Targeted/Selective logging

Selective logging involves the removal of specific tree species for their valuable timber or for charcoal production and fire wood; this practise is often considered to be a sustainable alternative to clear-cutting. On average, for every tree removed, up to 30 more can be severely damaged by the timber harvesting operation itself.

In slow-growing species such as conifers, where old-growth trees are selectively felled over large areas and long periods of time, genotypes which have perhaps developed resistance to environmental pressures such as pathogens and storms are lost. This can cause genetic drift which occurs when populations fall below a critical size or when individuals become very scattered in their distribution

There are 160 taxa in the category – Direct exploitation, Targeted/Selective logging:

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