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  •  The Medieval Japanese were very advanced (4+ / 0-)

    at forestry and wood use management.

    Wood, during the Edo period, was used for many purposes, and the consumption of wood led Japan to develop a forest management policy during that era. [8] Demand for timber resources was on the rise not only for fuel, but also for construction of ships and buildings, and consequently deforestation was widespread. As a result, forest fires occurred, along with floods and soil erosion. Around 1666, the shogun made it a policy to reduce logging and increase the planting of trees. This policy decreed that only the shogun, and/or a daimyo, could authorize the use of wood. By the 18th century, Japan had developed detailed scientific knowledge about silviculture and plantation forestry.

    IIRC, wood for building houses was strictly rationed by social status (not wealth) and was quite modest.
    Structural carpentry became a high artform.

    •  Interesting that England and Japan, (0+ / 0-)

      both island nations, ended up with good woodlot management, while continental nations seemed to just rip through the stuff.

      It must have been more obviously limited in the large island nations.

      Times, hard. People, starving. Foodbanks, empty. Bring them food, or donate now. (I'm on Twitter now)

      by Muskegon Critic on Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 07:18:32 AM PST

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