Fire suppression and other land management has changed the forests of western North America.
In a previous work life I was a researcher with the BC Ministry of Forests. One of my last projects was to design and set-up adaptive management trials testing forest restoration techniques. The imperative for the restoration was the tremendous structural and species composition changes that have developed in the last 75 to 80 years. And these changes have been brought about as consequence of fire suppression.
Agroforestry is a group of integrated production opportunities that blend agriculture, silviculture and conservation practices in the same system. These systems can assist to strengthen and diversify the economy while also addressing conservation challenges.
Diversification can be a double edged sword. Know yourself and your capacities to find winning business ideas.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. An oft repeated axiom (particularly by me) for farm, woodlot, ranch or any enterprise highly dependent on one revenue stream. Recent painful lessons in what can happen to the highly concentrated abound.
Agroforestry is one of the ‘green’ technologies that can help the agricultural industry meet and exceed society’s demands for sustainable production practices. In a world of seemingly overwhelming environmental problems, it is good to know there are practical solutions available to meet these challenges head on. Or as I like to think of agroforestry, it is where the ‘green’ rubber hits the environmentally friendly road.