USFS said forest growth accounted for 48 percent of mortality, while wood crops accounted for only 11 percent of what dies annually Forest mortality continues to rise, reports Healthy Forests Healthy Communities. To add to what you're saying, I imagine that wood products will remain a strong industry for hundreds of years, if not forever. We build wooden houses because wood is a cheap and strong material that is easy to work with. I imagine there are a lot of great alternatives to building houses from now on, but in the same way that these competitors have innovated, so have wood products.
Sawmills and other wood product manufacturing facilities are cutting-edge factories that regularly reinvent themselves or create completely new products. In short, if a person is going to lose a job in the wood products industry, he will lose his job because of a machine or a computer, not because of outside competition. If you are interested in forestry, jobs such as being a forester will remain stable for the foreseeable future. China's strong demand for raw logs in the northwest has increased prices substantially, making it difficult for domestic factories to compete.
Good comment on the demand for traditionally less valuable wood. In California, 20 years ago, cedar incense was practically useless, now it is California's most valuable softwood with several mills that only process that wood. Studies associate this trend with several explanations that are generally misperceptions, such as (a negative image of the industry because forestry is associated with unsustainable clearcut logging) (Hoberg et al. Sara is a U2 student in Political Science and Canadian Studies interested in technology and social justice issues.
For some, regressive death offers a rare opportunity to drastically change forest policy towards a more impartial approach. Species that begin to die in large numbers after habitat destruction can be classified as endangered. It remains the biggest incident of civil disobedience in Canadian history and continues to serve as an inspiration for environmentalists in British Columbia. With 132.7 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers, logging workers are the most likely to die on the job, and almost two and a half times more at risk than those in the next most dangerous profession, fishing.