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Why do people cut down trees?

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Among the various reasons why people cut down trees are the following: to get the wood to build houses and furniture, to clear land for building, for manufacturing purposes and for aesthetics and convenience. Some trees must be removed due to illness or lightning strikes.

Builders use wood from trees to erect structures and the furniture that goes in them. People use many types of wood for flooring, including oak, pecan, pine, bamboo and mahogany. Deforestation often occurs to make way for new buildings, farms and highways. Manufacturers use trees to make paper, which is used for newspapers, books, magazines, computer paper and writing paper.

Often it becomes necessary to remove diseased or damaged trees. Lightning strikes trees, and a number of diseases affect the tree population. Sometimes, however, people cut down trees because they do not want them in a certain place or because it is too hard to clean up after them.

Trees have a vital role on this planet. They account for about 30 percent of the earth's oxygen. They help prevent soil erosion, they are home to many animals and they provide shade. While cutting down trees is not itself a bad thing, it is important not to cut down trees wastefully and to replenish the tree population.


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