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Argentina's Tree Regenerator

by Alicia Capetillo

March 18, 2010
A new initiative in Argentina is proving that you can have your cake and eat it too-or I guess in this case it's more like have your trees and sit at them too. According to Treehugger, a joint project between design firm Ustatic, the Argentine Industry Ministry, and the National Design Plan found a way to simultaneously cut parts of trees for furniture while also taking steps to renew raw materials:
The project is based in the selective logging of ancient trees and super efficient use of wood in Lenga forests near Corcovado, Chubut province. These trees have a regeneration cycle of their own that is assisted by selective cut of certain units: trees that are adequate age, that are in risk of falling, and that are accessible without cutting other units. These cuts also create new areas for the light to pass in and accelerate the growth of smaller seedlings.
The project uses as much of the tree as possible in the furniture making process, including compacting sawdust and shavings to make blocks intended for burning in heating stoves. Seems like a win-win to me, I only wonder if this practice could be expanded to other forests in the world.Photo courtesy of Nativas del Sur, via Treehugger
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