Study: ‘Frontiers of plantation expansion’ losing more trees to deforestation than harvesting

GE tree company ArborGen’s motto is “more wood less land”.  They insist that their faster growing GE and other trees will take the pressure off of forests by increasing the harvest per acre of land.
This study puts an end to that nonsense. – GJEP

Global Forest Watch shows the Malaysian Borneo state of Sabah lost around 15 percent of its tree cover between 2001 and 2015, mostly from official plantation areas.

MongaBay.com recently published an article by John C. Cannon analyzing a study showing that emerging countries of plantation expansion are losing more trees to deforestation than harvesting.

The article highlights the following:
  • An international research team mapped tree plantations in seven tropical countries that are currently experiencing plantation expansion.
  • They found that those countries contained 45 million hectares of plantations – an area bigger than the U.S. state of California. While the more plantation-heavy countries were losing much of their tree cover inside plantations, several were losing upwards of 90 percent outside of them in areas of natural forest.
  • The authors hope their study can help in land-use planning that directs plantation development and expansion to already-degraded areas rather than supplanting.Read the full article here.