Abundant, accessible, versatile and best of all renewable

After harvest, a new forest cycle begins

Wood products have been used for centuries because they are abundant, accessible, versatile and, best of all renewable.  Unlike non-renewable resources such as metals, petroleum and stone, wood replenishes itself.

When trees are harvested, forests are renewed through reforestation and a new forest cycle begins.  The Idaho Forest Practices Act requires forest owners to successfully replant a forest within five years of harvest with a minimum number of seedlings growing per acres.  Landowners usually hand plant within a few months of the harvest to keep forests growing. The seedlings are often grown from seeds collected in a similar climate and elevation.  Landowners plant-specific tree species that will help them meet their future management objectives.

Sometimes landowners rely on wind and bird to disperse seed in harvested areas.  Natural regeneration can be especially successful with certain species such as lodgepole pine.  Idaho’s forests are fertile, so natural regeneration is often successful.

Whatever the replanting method, the Idaho Department of Lands checks compliance through frequent inspections.  View Idaho Forest laws.

FOREST FACT: When trees are harvested millions of trees are hand planted while nature plants millions more.  Idaho law requires that all harvested areas are replanted and that the trees survive and grow.

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Click the image to watch a short Forest Fast Break video about reforestation or click here.