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Sustainable Lumber Practices and Timber Production

| 6/12/2019 10:56:00 AM

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Editor’s note: In the U.S., Paulownia trees are considered to be an invasive species and potentially destructive without an aggressive management plan. They are not currently legal for export. The information in this blog post is to be considered in the context of regions where Paulownia trees are currently grown, such as in the Philippines.

The nine different variations of the Paulownia tree are considered to be an invasive species in many different locations around the world … and not without some good reason. However, the Paulownia tree also offers a host of benefits that should not be overlooked, either in the monocrop timber and lumber industry, or as part of a larger, more expansive and natural ecological system for natural growth and development. If there is to be a means to an end for the highly destructive illegal logging that occurs around the globe, or even a more viable means to maintain the need for lumber, timber and other wood products, a good part of the solution may in fact be the powerful and productive Paulownia tree.

Present Problems of the Paulownia Presence

The Paulownia tree was dubbed locally as “Sa Cahoy ng Buhay” or “The Tree of Life” when it was introduced as a means to establish the reforestation of Region Two in the Quezon Province of the Philippines. Unfortunately, these projects were not properly managed, but merely introduced and the trees were left to their own devices, with devastating consequences. Entire ecosystems were quickly overrun by the prolific growth of the Paulownia Princessa variety. With a growth rate that rivals that of bamboo and an equally prevalent reproductive rate, the Paulownia Princessa and other variations have truly earned their reputation as an invasive species. Proper management of any and all growth is imperative if these trees are to be utilized to their full potential and serve as part of truly sustainable solutions.

Benefits of the Paulownia Tree

The benefits of the Paulownia tree are far too expansive to cover in a meaningful fashion in any single article, and have in fact filled many a tome to overflowing. While there is certainly not room on this page to cover all of the positive aspects in detail, some of the more beneficial characteristics will be briefly introduced. As such, perhaps enough interest will be generated to allow for the introduction of the Paulownia tree into many existing homesteads and private operations, to begin introducing the tree of life to a larger, more receptive audience.

Pods, seeds and leaves are all beneficial

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