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‘Logging scars’ show impact of deforestation in Canada is worse than we know, research finds

By Ivan Semeniuk
The Globe and Mail
December 3, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Trevor Hesselink, Wildlands League

…Trevor Hesselink has come to know certain features well. They consist of long lines and bare patches that thread their way through the bush for kilometres. …Those scars are the abandoned infrastructure – logging roads and other work sites – that remain treeless long after the work crews pack up and growth returns in the surrounding harvested area. In a newly released report, Mr. Hesselink has taken a big-picture look at the nature and impact of all those logging scars that can be seen from the air and arrived at a startling conclusion. …He estimates that treeless patches and scars account for 10.2 per cent to 23.7 per cent of the area of forests that have grown back after logging. And because these scars persist for decades, they amount to a net rate of deforestation that has largely been overlooked in Ontario and elsewhere across Canada.

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