Natural areas; Forests, Grasslands, and Wetlands, provide a wide range of goods and services that benefit communities:
- A healthy functioning natural environment provides clean air and water, food, medicinal plants and building materials.
- Other services provided include research, education and recreational opportunities.
- All of these need to be valued so that any loss of amenity can be set off against claimed economic benefits from plantations.
- Timberwatch believes that the timber industry should not be allowed to externalise social and environmental costs that result from their timber growing and milling operations.