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Forestry

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Natural Resource Project:
Forest as filters for freshwater
Introduction

Forest is the science, art, and technology of managing forest resources for the benefit of human beings. Forestry's foundation is the concept of supporting and maintaining the productivity, health, and multiplicity of forests now and into the future. Forests are owned by many different people and societies, for example, private individuals, tribes, schools, corporations, and state or governments. These owners each have a different set of objectives for their forest. Foresters manage a forest to fulfill the objectives of the landowner. In doing this they must know how to balance the forest's ecological characteristics, their economic promise, and the requests of society. Forests also protect public water supplies by avoiding soil erosion, and increases water filtration into the soil. Forest soils provide the connection between the earth’s air and water ecosystems. Forest soils break down waste, control water flow, filter pollutant and support plant growth. Forest and forest soils play a vital role in maintaining and protecting freshwater supplies. Almost 9% of Canada’s surface area is covered by freshwater which is 20% of the worlds freshwater. How much fresh water does Canada have?

Canada has 7% of the world's renewable fresh water.
It is easy for Canadians to assume that they have an almost endless supply of clean, fresh water. After all, we're often told that Canada has some 20% of the world's total freshwater resources. However, less than half of this water – about 7% of the global supply – is "renewable". Most of it is fossil water retained in lakes, underground aquifers, and glaciers. (Gauthier, J. Para 2) Identify and explain resource issue

Issues concerning natural filtration are bad quality of freshwater because of incongruity harvesting of trees, and decreased amount of freshwater. In these days, people use clear-cutting process the most, because it’s the fastest...

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