The French forests need us
Every year, between 13 and 15 million hectares of forest disappear, (Belgium's surface area). Deforestation is responsible for 17% of global greenhouse gas emissions (Source: IPCC).
Every year, 80 million tonnes of CO2 are absorbed by the French forest. Cutting keeps trees in a growth period that optimizes carbon sequestration.
The French wood industry is currently experiencing a deficit even though the forest area in France is the 3rd largest in the European Union and demand for wood is constantly increasing.
Within the next ten years, France will have to renew 500,000 hectares of forest, which is only 3 % of the current total area, to catch up for past inefficiencies.
EcoTree and its forestry group favor a silvicultural approach known as 'close to nature'.
Not replacing nature, but accompanying it
The forest is a living environment whose integrity, stability and prosperity depend heavily on the diversity of species. In this complex environment, animals, plants and bacteria interact and contribute to maintain a balance>. EcoTree has understood the secret of a healthy forest: the more complex it is - in terms of mixtures and structures - the more resistant, multifunctional and productive it is on the long term. This is why we have adopted a silviculture that is 'close to nature', which aims to interfere as little as possible in the natural course of the forest and promotes its resilience.
In fact, anything that modifies the natural functioning of the forest could negatively impact biodiversity and the ecosystem's balance. This includes the reduction of guilds, the excessive rejuvenation of a massif, a significant intervention in the afforestation structure, a notable reduction of dead wood (amongst others). This is also why EcoTree is committed to not using any chemicals in its silviculture. We only use natural fertilizers for our plantings. In the fight against harmful insects, we use mechanical methods such as species mixing, netting and bird niches, or further biological methods such as the use of predator insects to eliminate herbivorous insects (such as Carabid Beetles, Cleridae, Rhizophagids, Coccinellids, Asilid Diptera, Syrphidae, Hymenoptera or Formicidae). Against deers, we use the natural repellent Trico (sheep fat). During clearance, cleaning is effectuated manually or mechanically.
Finally, if anthropogenic disturbances were to occur, EcoTree would develop an approach based on observations and forest resilience. Ultimately, our management aims to innovate harmony with the laws of nature, and thus make the most out of the natural production of forest goods and services.
Because we are not infallible,
Because the experience of our elders should inspire us,
Because integrity is our guideline,
We have set up an independent ethics committee, composed of civil society figures known
for their competence and integrity. This committee ensures that EcoTree's founding values are respected and that any conflicts of interest are avoided.
At the core of the woods and our forest management
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