Ancient Forestry

Tree hands1We modern foresters think we’re pretty smart when it comes to growing trees for multiple uses, but in reality basic forest management has been used for thousands of years. Check out the following forest management practices from a very old book.


Tree Planting: He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green. (JEREMIAH)


Tree Care: I made pools from which to water the forest of growing trees (ECCLESIASTES)


Forest Improvement: No good tree bears bad fruit (LUKE); Either make the tree good…or make the tree bad (MATTHEW); The sycamores have been cut down, but we will put cedars in their place (ISAIAH); He chooses an oak and lets it grow strong in the forest; he plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it (ISAIAH).


Multiple Use Forestry: Thus says the Lord God: I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of the cedar, and on the mountain height…will I plant it, that it may bring forth boughs and bear fruit, and becomes a noble cedar..; Under it will dwell all kinds of beast; in the shade of its branches birds of every sort will nest (EZEKIAL)


Forest Protection: How great a forest fire is set ablaze by a small fire! (JAMES); What is that coming from the wilderness, like a column of smoke? (SOLOMON)


Sustainable Forestry: Like…an oak, whose stump remains standing when it is felled. The holy seed is its stump (ISAIAH); For there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again (JOB)


Urban Forestry: The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, the cypress, the plane, and the pine, to beautify the place of my sanctuary (ISAIAH).


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