For many years forests have been a natural resource that First Nations take full advantage of. It is their home ground in which they wish to reside and grow their families and community. However, for decades we have been destroying and polluting forested areas with our growing economies and our greed for more money.
We understand that the wood in forests are used for garage door repairs, making paper, design properties from wood, manufacturing processes, etc. We also don’t condone these actions on such a drastic scale.
What gives us the right to destroy beautiful landscapes and natural habitat for that so many rely on.
For a lot of industries, especially in Canada, wood is one of the most valuable resources for us. We have vast forest ranges and this is greatly appealing to other countries who wish to trade with us.
Now, believe it or not, building with wood does greatly improve the effects on climate change in place of other building materials. It uses less energy and emits way fewer greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Products such as steel and concrete are both energy consumers as well as resource heavy to produce.
Wood also allows us to reduce, reuse, and recycle all all wooden products. Sawmills can reproduce products such as particleboard, fibremats, paper, packaging, clothing, heat, and even electricity. I may seem to have a biased opinion on how we should go about conserving areas for First Nations, but I’m not naive and do see the importance of it.
I agree that it is more economical than producing and using steel, concrete, etc., but I also think it should be under control and monitored so things don’t get out of hand.
It’s also extremely important that after cutting down trees in different sectors, that these trees are replanted so we can further continue to have a thriving forestry industry as well as use these materials.
Hopefully the deforestation problem within the First Nations lands will come to a head and we can agree on a fair deal for both parties. After all, they have probably inhabited that land and used its resources much longer than we can fathom.