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Carefully compile your plans to cut through complex world of woodland

Forestry isn't rocket science ... it's much more complicated -- so said Fred Bunnell, the now semi-retired professor of forestry at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Think about that statement for a moment. Rocket science is comprehensible, to rocket scientists at least. By contrast, the complex eco-systems that the forests of the world provide for two thirds of all known species of plant and animal, and their interaction, let alone mankind's intervention with those eco-systems, are barely understood. Add to that the forests' impact on climate regulation and carbon storage, not to mention their social, cultural and economic importance, and we have quite a heady mix. Professor Bunnell has a point.

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